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Cardiff University Advanced Research Computing Suppliers Briefing Dr Hugh Beedie (INSRV and ARCCA CTO) Cardiff University Advanced Research Computing Suppliers Briefing Dr Hugh Beedie (INSRV and ARCCA CTO) Dr Chris Dickson (SRIF 3 HEC Programme Coordinator) 1

Cardiff University Supplier Briefing • Purpose – Inform Suppliers of CU requirement and vision Cardiff University Supplier Briefing • Purpose – Inform Suppliers of CU requirement and vision – Supplier to outline Technology Roadmap and Service capabilities 2

Morning Session • 11: 00 to 11: 40 – Presentation from CU staff (30 Morning Session • 11: 00 to 11: 40 – Presentation from CU staff (30 -35 minutes) – Questions from supplier (5 -10 minutes) • 11: 40 to 12: 40 – Presentation from supplier (45 -50 minutes) – Questions from CU staff (10 -15 minutes) • 12: 40 to 13: 00 – Closed session for CU staff (20 minutes) 3

Afternoon Session • 14: 00 to 14: 40 – Presentation from CU staff (30 Afternoon Session • 14: 00 to 14: 40 – Presentation from CU staff (30 -35 minutes) – Questions from supplier (5 -10 minutes) • 14: 40 to 15: 40 – Presentation from supplier (45 -50 minutes) – Questions from CU staff (10 -15 minutes) • 15: 40 to 16: 00 – Closed session for CU staff (20 minutes) 4

An Overview: Past, Present and Future Dr Chris Dickson 5 An Overview: Past, Present and Future Dr Chris Dickson 5

Cardiff University History • Founded by Royal Charter in 1883 6 Cardiff University History • Founded by Royal Charter in 1883 6

Cardiff University Mission and Vision • Mission: To pursue research, learning and teaching of Cardiff University Mission and Vision • Mission: To pursue research, learning and teaching of international distinction and impact • Vision: To be a world class university and to achieve the associated benefits for its students, staff and stakeholders 7

Cardiff University Scale and Scope • 26, 000 Students – 21, 000 Undergraduates – Cardiff University Scale and Scope • 26, 000 Students – 21, 000 Undergraduates – 5, 000 Postgraduates – 35, 000 Applications for 4, 500 Places • 5, 500 Staff – 2, 500 Academic & Research • 28 Academic Schools – 15 Schools RAE 5, 7 Schools RAE 5* 8

Cardiff University Standing • A member of the Russell Group of leading research universities Cardiff University Standing • A member of the Russell Group of leading research universities • Research Excellence – 7 th UK University Ranking • Research Assessment Exercise 2001 – Most Recent RAE 9

Cardiff University Standing • • • 1 Cambridge 2 Imperial College 3 Oxford 7 Cardiff University Standing • • • 1 Cambridge 2 Imperial College 3 Oxford 7 Cardiff 8 Manchester 10 Southampton 14 Edinburgh 15 Bristol 16 York 21 Birmingham 10

Advanced Research Computing Current Applications • High Speed Cluster – – – Galaxy Formation Advanced Research Computing Current Applications • High Speed Cluster – – – Galaxy Formation Gene Sequencing Mantle Simulation Molecular Simulation Orthodontic Modelling Protein Sequencing • Gigabit Cluster – Gravitational Waves • Shared Memory – Computational Fluid Dynamics – Environmental Engineering – Star Formation • Condor – Protein Structure Determination – Radiotherapy Simulation 11

Advanced Research Computing Current Schools • • Architecture Biosciences Business Chemistry Computer Science Dentistry Advanced Research Computing Current Schools • • Architecture Biosciences Business Chemistry Computer Science Dentistry Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences • English, Communication and Philosophy • • • Engineering History and Archaeology Mathematics Medicine Optometry and Vision Sciences • Pharmacy • Physics and Astronomy • Psychology 12

Cardiff HEC Strategy • World class facility for the university • Adopt a more Cardiff HEC Strategy • World class facility for the university • Adopt a more coordinated approach • University investment – New organisation - Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA) – Staff accommodation and machine room • SRIF 3 investment in equipment and supporting infrastructure 13

Offices and Machine Room • Machine Room – Area 175 sq m – Ground Offices and Machine Room • Machine Room – Area 175 sq m – Ground Floor – False Flooring & Ceiling • Power, Cooling, Network • Power – Separate Bus-Bar + Meter • Cooling • Security – Key Card Access – Closed Circuit TV • Fire + Water Damage – Smoke Detection – Water Detection – Automated Shutdown • Office space for >12 staff – Separate Bus-Bar + Meter – Rack-based Cooling – Room-based Cooling 14

ARCCA Vision – To build and sustain a position which takes the university to ARCCA Vision – To build and sustain a position which takes the university to the forefront of leading research universities in the UK and internationally in this field – To work very closely with all of the relevant academic schools and administrative directorates 15

ARCCA Objectives – To transform the University’s approach to advanced research computing – To ARCCA Objectives – To transform the University’s approach to advanced research computing – To bring together the advanced research computing community – To introduce and encourage the use of new techniques and technologies – To encourage and enable new user communities and new applications – To encourage new and interdisciplinary research using advanced research computing techniques 16

ARCCA Organisation – Director (TBC) – Chief Technology Officer (Hugh Beedie) – Application Specialists ARCCA Organisation – Director (TBC) – Chief Technology Officer (Hugh Beedie) – Application Specialists – Infrastructure Specialists – e-Research facilitation – Administrative Assistant 17

Timeline 18 Timeline 18

Tender Requirements Dr Hugh Beedie 19 Tender Requirements Dr Hugh Beedie 19

Cardiff’s Journey • Separate research projects with projectbased HEC facilities • Some collaborations (e. Cardiff’s Journey • Separate research projects with projectbased HEC facilities • Some collaborations (e. g. Helix) • Strategic decision to provide University level solution – SRIF 3 grant – ARCCA organisation – Select strategic partner 20

Partnership • State of the art of your technical offerings now and in Autumn Partnership • State of the art of your technical offerings now and in Autumn 2007? • Form factor, heat management, power consumption and management? • HEC landscape over the next 3 -7 years ? • How, over 3 -7 years, you can help us to achieve our ambitions to offer "best-in-class" research computing capabilities and services on a par with world-leading campus-level centres? • Innovative and leap-frogging steps you can help us to take whilst at the same time being able to offer a service to today's "classic" HEC users. 21

Why Should You Partner Cardiff ? • Research quality (7 th in UK) • Why Should You Partner Cardiff ? • Research quality (7 th in UK) • Condor leader (1500 PCs by end 2006) • Completing and coordinating the HEC service spectrum • Current breadth of academic involvement • We. SC involvement and NGS partner • Serious ambitions for – More Interdisciplinary work – Wider research applications – New techniques 22

The HEC Spectrum HPC HTC Tightly Coupled Loosely Coupled Supercomputers NUMA Machines Large Clusters The HEC Spectrum HPC HTC Tightly Coupled Loosely Coupled Supercomputers NUMA Machines Large Clusters SMP Small Clusters Campus Pools £ Million+ £ H Thousand £ Million £ Thousand £ H Thousand 23

Tender Outline • Lot 1. 2048 Core/512 Node Cluster with 4 Head Nodes, Interconnect Tender Outline • Lot 1. 2048 Core/512 Node Cluster with 4 Head Nodes, Interconnect Fabrics and Cluster S/W. • Lot 2. Shared Memory Systems (8, 16 and 32 way SMP machines). • Lot 3. 50 TB+ Disk and 200 TB+ Tape Storage Services for ARCCA facilities. • Lot 4. (Optional). Specialist Hardware (FPGAs, accelerators, etc) with associated software • Lot 5. (Optional) Other software tools (compilers, application profiling & system management tools, other software, etc) 24

Reference Design 25 Reference Design 25

Lot 1 - Head Nodes • 16 cores / 4 nodes • 100% of Lot 1 - Head Nodes • 16 cores / 4 nodes • 100% of nodes – CPU – RAM – HDD – NIC Best value for money 4 GB per core / 16 GB per node 1 TB per node 10 Gb. E per node with TOE 4 Gb dual-port fibre-channel • 100% of nodes with – High Speed – Low Latency Interconnect 26

Lot 1 - Cluster Nodes • 2048 cores / 512 nodes • 100% of Lot 1 - Cluster Nodes • 2048 cores / 512 nodes • 100% of nodes – CPU – RAM – HDD – NIC Best value for money 2 GB per core / 8 GB per node 72 GB per node 2 x. Gb. E per node • 50%, 75%, 100% of nodes – High Speed – Low Latency Interconnect • Cluster Management and Job scheduling 27

Lot 2 - Shared Memory Nodes • 8, 16, and 32 way • All Lot 2 - Shared Memory Nodes • 8, 16, and 32 way • All systems – CPU – RAM – HDD – NIC Best value for money 2 GB per core 1 TB per system 2 x. Gb. E per system 28

Lot 3 - Disk Storage • 50 TB+ Disk Storage – Usable storage space Lot 3 - Disk Storage • 50 TB+ Disk Storage – Usable storage space – RAID 0, 1, 5 ? ? ? – Hierarchical Storage Management • FC disk, SATA Disk, Tape Storage ? • Currently using Tivoli – Connected to Head Nodes • Via 4 Gb dual-port fibre-channel • Via existing SAN switch 29

Lot 3 - Tape Storage • 200 TB+ Tape Storage – Usable storage space Lot 3 - Tape Storage • 200 TB+ Tape Storage – Usable storage space – Hierarchical Storage Management • Disk Storage • Currently using Tivoli – Connected to Head Nodes • Via 4 Gb dual-port fibre-channel • Via existing SAN switch 30

Lot 4 - Specialised Hardware R & D - Innovative Computational Methods • Computational Lot 4 - Specialised Hardware R & D - Innovative Computational Methods • Computational Accelerators • Field-Programmable Gate Arrays • Programmable Graphics Processors • Cell Processors 31

Lot 5 - Other Software Tools • We invite you to comment on the Lot 5 - Other Software Tools • We invite you to comment on the following – Extra Cluster Management Tools – Extra Cluster Diagnostic Tools – Other Development Tools • Optimised Compilers & Libraries – Intel, Portland • Debuggers – Parallel Debuggers – Applications And Libraries • Profiling tools 32

Support Issues • We invite you to comment on the following – Spares stock Support Issues • We invite you to comment on the following – Spares stock vs guaranteed replacement time – Development/test nodes X 8 – Numbers of technical cluster support staff • Location • Skill sets – Single point of contact and responsibility • Including direct access to 3 rd party tech support 33

Any Questions ? Procurement contacts: Beedie@cardiff. ac. uk Primary contact Dickson@cardiff. ac. uk Secondary Any Questions ? Procurement contacts: [email protected] ac. uk Primary contact [email protected] ac. uk Secondary contact 34

Notes 35 Notes 35