Pictured above: SGI Altix 4700
Pictured above: CSIRO ASC's Sun/StorageTek SL8500 tape library
CSIRO ASC SGI Altix 4700 NUMA - cherax
This machine is a large shared memory multiprocessor which has 128 1.67Hz Itanium (ia64)
processor cores and 512 Gbyte of memory as of August 2008. For
full specifications see the SGI web site where it is also called the Infinite Storage Data
Lifecycle Management Server (DLM Server).
The Altix is tightly coupled with the CSIRO Data Store and provides significant processing
capacity for working with the Data Store holdings.
CSIRO ASC Data Store
The Altix machine has 38 terabytes of disc and hosts a hierarchical data store with data on 6 terabytes
of high-performance disk being staged to or from cache disc and magnetic tape cartridges in automatic tape
libraries (Sun/StorageTek SL8500) as required. The tape libraries have capacities in excess of 5 petabytes.
The Data Store is used as a central data repository for users of the ASC systems, with live rather
than archive access, and providing virtually 'infinite' storage capacity.
The data holdings reached 1 petabyte in October 2009.
Two or more copies of all files are kept, with copies of small files
being kept off-site.
CSIRO ASC Compute Cluster - burnet
CSIRO has a IBM System x iDataplex dx360 M3 system of 96 nodes.
The cluster is available for general purpose use by
all CSIRO ASC registered users. Specific research groups that have co-invested with ASC have priority access
to portions of the cluster.
Each compute node comprises of dual hex-core Intel Xeon CPUs, for a total of 1152 cores.
There are two main hardware configurations of nodes. 48 nodes have have 48GB
of memory and 48 nodes have 96GB of memory.
The node interconnect is Quad Data Rate (QDR) Infiniband. There is
approximately 50TB of globally accessible storage.
CSIRO GPU Cluster - linuxgpu and wingpu
The new CSIRO high performance computing cluster will deliver up to 256 plus Teraflops of computing performance and consists of the following components:
The cluster is supplied by Xenon Systems of Melbourne and is located in Canberra, Australia.
- 128 Dual Xeon E5462 Compute Nodes (i.e. a total of 1024 2.8GHz compute cores) with 32 GB of RAM, 500 GB SATA storage and DDR InfiniBand interconnect
- 64 Tesla S2050 (256 GPUs with a total of 114,688 streaming processor cores)
- 144 port DDR InfiniBand Switch
- 80 Terabyte Hitachi NAS file system.