National Computational Infrastructure National Facility (Australia)

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The National Computational Infrastructure building at the Australian National University in 2013

The Australian National Computational Infrastructure - National Facility was created in 2007, as a collaboration between the Australian National University and the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Australia). It is located at the ANU in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, and is operated with participation from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The NCI's Director is Dr Chris Pigram.

Computer systems[edit]

As of November 2017, the NCI operates two main high-performance computing installations, including:

  • Raijin, a 1.67 PetaFLOP hybrid Fujitsu Primergy and Lenovo NeXtScale high-performance distributed memory cluster consisting of:
    • 84,656 cores (Intel Xeon Sandy Bridge 2.6 GHz, Broadwell 2.6 GHz) in 4416 compute nodes
    • 120 NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPUs in 30 nodes and 8 NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs in 2 nodes
    • 32 Intel Xeon Phi (64 core Knights Landing, 1.3 GHz) in 32 compute nodesopus
    • 4 IBM POWER8 nodes (64 cores running at 4.02GHz)
    • 300 Terabytes of main memory
    • Hybrid FDR/EDR Mellanox Infiniband full fat tree interconnect (up to 100 Gb/sec)
    • 8 Petabytes of high-performance operational storage capacity
  • Tenjin, a 67 TeraFLOP bespoke high-performance partner cloud, consisting of:
    • 3200 Intel Xeon cores
    • Mellanox 56GB Ethernet – full fat tree topology
    • 50TB main memory
    • 320TB Solid State Disk

Data storage[edit]

NCI operates the fastest filesystems in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 40 Petabytes of disk storage available to users. This is complemented by over 40 Petabytes of archival tape storage on site, with an additional off site redundancy.

Research[edit]

Research conducted or under way[1] includes:

  • Southern Sky Survey, using the ANU's robotic SkyMapper telescope at Mount Stromlo Observatory
  • The Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS)
  • Medical and materials research

History[edit]

The below table is a comprehensive history of supercomputer specifications present at the NCI and its antecedents.

System (name) Processor Memory Storage Peak Perf. Sustained Perf. (SPEC) Initial

Top500

Rank

1987–92

Fujitsu VP100

Vector 64 MByte 0.15 GFlops
1992–96

Fujitsu VP2200

Vector 512 MByte 27 GByte 1.25 GFlops
1996–2001

Fujitsu VPP

Vector/

Scalar

14 GByte 28 GFlops 59
SGI Power Challenge XL 20

MIPS R10000

2 GByte 77 GByte 6.4 GFlops
2001–05

Compaq/HP Alphaserver (sc)

512

DEC Alpha

0.5 TByte 12TByte 1 TFlop 2,000 31
2005–09

SGI Altix 3700 (ac)

1920

Intel Itanium

5.5 TByte 100 TByte 14 TFlop 21,000 26
2009–13

SGI Altix XE (xe)

1248

Intel Xeon (Nehalem)

2.5 TByte 90 TByte 14 TFlop 12,000
2009–13

Sun/Oracle Constellation (Vayu)

11,936

Intel Xeon (Nehalem)

37 TByte 800 TByte 140 TFlop 240,000 35
2013–

Fujitsu Primergy (Raijin)

57,472

Intel Xeon (Sandy Bridge)

160 TByte 12.5 PByte 1195 TFlop 1,600,000 24

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Research Highlights, nci.org.au, accessed 17 November 2009