A Guide to Technology Resources at Drexel
Network Research Resources
Led by the U.S. research and education community, Internet2 (http://www.internet2.edu) is a non-profit, advanced networking consortium that operates a revolutionary-class IP and optical network. Drexel, in partnership with the Three Rivers Optical Exchange of Carnegie Mellon University, operates 3ROX/Drexel, one of twenty "connectors" to Internet2.
All network traffic at Drexel destined for an Internet2-connected member institution is automatically sent via Internet2. There are no end-user or application reconfigurations required to take advantage of Internet2 benefits.
Innovation Campus Pilot
In 2013, Drexel University joined the Internet2 Innovation Campus Pilot along with 30 other research organizations. As part of the pilot, IRT provides innovative network technologies to both support science research and to enable a new generation of unique applications not possible with other network technologies. Drexel is currently the only pilot institution in the northeastern United States.
As part of its participation in the pilot, Drexel will upgrade its Internet2 campus connection from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps during the fall term of 2013. This superior connectivity allows for the transfer of massively large data sets, communications using high-definition real-time multimedia data streams, and other advanced networking technologies that could not be sustained over the commodity Internet.
Drexel will also establish a Science DMZ to provide continued support of high-performance computing and very large data transfers. (A Science DMZ uses equipment, configurations, and security policies optimized for high-performance scientific applications rather than for general-purpose academic and administrative needs.)
To find out more about Drexel’s participation in the Innovation Campus Pilot, contact Kenneth Blackney at Ken.Blackney@drexel.edu.
University Research Computing Facility
The University Research Computing Facility (URCF), a new high-tech facility atop Curtis Hall that provides a central location for high-performance computing resources, has recently purchased its first shared resource: a new Drexel Cluster, a High-Performance Computing solution from Dell. It offers:
- 2,304 AMD or Intel central processing cores with a peak computing speed of 33,000 GFLOPs
- High-speed Infiniband interconnection fabric (QDR)
- 250 TB of storage, including 100 TB of fast scratch
The Drexel Cluster supports scientific computing applications for molecular dynamics, quantum chemistry, bioinformatics, celestial mechanics/astrophysics, fluid mechanics/finite elements, and more. It operates under a “condominium model,” where computing resources are allocated according to user shares. Allocations for users without shares are awarded by the URCF board via a proposal review system.
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
The PSC-developed Data Supercell is a low cost, high bandwidth, low latency, highly reliable, and high-capacity disk-based data management solution. It provides academic, corporate, government, and research partners with a convenient and affordable way to store and access their data, including extremely large data sets.
The minimum storage requirement is 10 TB. The first copy of data is $250/TB/year; a second copy, if required, is an additional $175/TB/year.
PSC's flagship HPC system, Blacklight, is the world's largest shared-memory system. Its extremely large memory, 16 TB, coupled with its familiar Linux operating system and versatile programming models, makes it as easy to use as a PC. Complementing Blacklight are HPC clusters that are ideal for running smaller, loosely-coupled analyses.
For additional information on the services from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, contact Cheryl Begandy at 412-268-5129 or email@example.com.
XSEDE, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, is a single virtual system, connected via Internet2, that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. People around the world use these resources and services—including supercomputers, collections of data and new tools—to improve our planet.
For additional information about XSEDE, contact Ken Blackney at 215-895-1505 or Ken.Blackney@drexel.edu.
Access Drexel Library databases and resources, based on your status at the University, via the DrexelOne portal under the “Drexel” tab. For a comprehensive list of access privileges, visit http://library.drexel.edu/about/access-policy. Drexel Libraries subscribe to a large number of general and specialized databases, some with bibliographic citations and some with full-text items.
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