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Loughborough University

IT Services : High Performance Computing

Hydra HPC System Capabilities


Introduction

The HPC service comprises the hydra cluster, an 2460-core 64-bit Intel Xeon cluster supplied by Bull. It is funded from the University's research income and so is reserved for research use.

Components

  • Login node with 20 cores of Intel Ivy Bridge Xeon E5-2670 and 64GB RAM.

  • Storage system

    • 82TB usable in /home.

    • 15TB usable in /scratch.

    • 6TB usable for system use.

  • Compute nodes

    • 34 nodes (hydra152 to 185) with dual Intel Xeon CPU E5-2680 v2 at 2.80GHz 10 core processors (20 CPU cores per node) and 64GB RAM.

    • 120 nodes (hydra10 to 129) with Westmere Xeon X5650 CPUs, each providing 6 cores for a total of 12 per node, with 24GB RAM.

    • 20 nodes (hydra130 to 149) with Westmere Xeon X5650 CPUs, each providing 6 cores for a total of 12 per node, with 48GB RAM.

    • 2 nodes (hydra186 and 187) with Westmere Xeon X5650 CPUs, each providing 6 cores for a total of 12 per node, with 192GB RAM.

    • 2 nodes (hydra150 and 151) with Westmere Xeon X5640, each providing 8 cores per node and a single Tesla C2050 GPGPU.

    • 3 visualisation nodes (hydra220 to 222)Intel Xeon CPU E5-2670 v2 at 2.50GHz, with 10 cores each, for 20 cores per node, 256GB RAM, and a Quadro 3000 GPU each.

  • High speed network: all nodes are connected with an Infiniband high-speed, low-latency network.