16 Departments
62 Research Groups
64 Projects
164 Publications
27 Advanced Degrees
343,091 Completed Simulations
54,852,675 CPU Core Hours Served

Named after the greatest of the Great Lakes 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 wide variety of research projects, and provides 32 TFLOPS of CPU and 13 TFLOPS of GPU computing capacity. A schematic representation of Superior's layout is available here.

Superior has one front end, two login nodes, one 48 TB RAID60 NAS node serving the /research/ partition, 72 traditional 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] for use by all researchers.

A Gigabit ethernet backend network serves the administrative needs of this cluster, and a 56 Gbps 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.

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