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University Research Computing Facility Selects Initial Resources

June 1, 2013

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. The new Drexel Cluster is 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 will support scientific computing applications for molecular dynamics, quantum chemistry, bioinformatics, celestial mechanics/astrophysics, fluid mechanics/finite elements, and more. It will operate under a “condominium model,” where computing resources will be allocated according to user shares. Allocations for users without shares will be awarded by the URCF board via a proposal review system.

The URCF Board is chaired by Cameron Abrams (Chemical Engineering). Other members include Gail Rosen (ECE), John Bielec (IRT), Deb Crawford (Research), Jan Biros (Provost), Michael Wagner (CoMAD), Sandhya Kortagere (CoM Microbiology), Steve McMillan (Physics), and Ken Blackney (IRT).

The Drexel Cluster will arrive at the URCF later this summer.