Named after the greatest of the great lakes, Lake Superior, and built with Rocks Cluster Distribution 6.1.1 (with CentOS 6.3), Superior is a shared high performance computing cluster.

It is used for a variety of research projects including the ones that involve confidential and sponsored data, and provides 32 TFLOPS of CPU and 13 TFLOPS of GPU computing capacity.

It has 1 front end, 2 login nodes, one 48 TB RAID60 NAS node with 33 TB usable space for use by every researcher, two more 48 TB RAID60 NAS nodes with 33 TB usable space each for a specific research project, 92 CPU compute nodes [each having 16 CPU cores (Intel Sandy Bridge E5-2670 2.60 GHz) and 64 GB RAM] and 5 GPU compute nodes [each having 16 CPU cores (Intel Sandy Bridge E5-2670 2.60 GHz), 64 GB RAM and 4 NVIDIA Tesla M2090 GPUs].

A gigabit ethernet backend network serves the administrative needs of this cluster, and a 56 Gb/s InfiniBand network serves its computing needs.

Rocks Cluster Distribution Originally started by National Partnership for Advanced Computing Infrastructure and San Diego Supercomputer Center and called NPACI Rocks, Rocks Cluster Distribution is aimed at making every aspect (deploy, manage, upgrade and scale) of high performance computing clusters easy.

National Science Foundation Rocks is supported by the National Science Foundation, under grants OCI-0721623 and OCI-1032778.

Featured researcher and project(s)

Dr. Thomas Oommen
Assistant Professor, GMES

Learn more about how computing is used in his research endeavors.

Dr. Benjamin Ong
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

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