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A Bull cluster for Irish researchers   



The National University of Ireland in Galway (NUIG) is one of Ireland's foremost Universities. With over 15,000 students, it has a long established reputation of teaching and research excellence in each of its five Colleges – College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies; College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences; College of  Business, Public Policy, & Law; College of  Engineering & Informatics and the College of Science.

NUIG recently decided in favour of a Bull solution for its new HPC system. To run its wide range of applications from different disciplines, with heterogeneous requirements, and runtimes of several hours to a few days, NUIG needed a system with "fat" nodes, i.e. with a minimum of 4 GB memory per core. They were also interested in developing their expertise in GPU computing.

Bull proposed a hybrid cluster associating 64 NovaScale R422 E2 compute nodes offering 6 GB memory per core, and 2 NVIDIA Tesla™ S1070 GPU nodes. The system is housed in two cabinets equipped with Bull Cool Cabinet Doors, which provide efficient cooling at rack level. It is fully integrated by Bull and incorporates an InfiniBand interconnect network, a Lustre parallel file system and Bull’s complete HPC software environment including software development tools and cluster management tools.

The new system is scheduled to be available to Galway University researchers in June 2009, and will also have national access via ICHEC (Irish Centre for High -End Computing).