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White Rose Grid Infrastructure Overview Chris Cartledge Deputy Director Corporate Information and Computing Services, The University of Sheffield C.Cartledge@sheffield.ac.uk +44 114 222 3008
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 2 Contents History Web site Current computation capabilities Planned machines Usage YHMAN Grid capabilities Contacts Training FEC, Futures
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 3 White Rose Grid History 2001: SRIF Opportunity, joint procurement Leeds led: Peter Dew, Joanna Schmidt 3 clusters Sun SPARC system, Solaris Leeds, Maxima: 6800 (20 processors), 4*V880 (8 proc) Sheffield, Titania: 10 (later 11)* V880 (8 proc) York, Pascali: 6800 (20 proc), Fimbrata: V880 1 cluster 2.2, 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon, Myrinet Leeds, Snowdon 292 CPUs, linux
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 4 White Rose Grid History continued Joint working to enable use across sites but heterogenous: a range of systems each system primarily to meet local needs up to 25% for users from the other sites Key services common Sun Grid Engine to control work in the clusters Globus to link clusters registration
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 5 WRG Web Site There is a shared web site: http://www.wrgrid.org.uk/ http://www.wrgrid.org.uk/ Linked to/from local sites Covers other related projects and resources e-Science Centre of Excellence Leeds SAN and specialist graphics equipment Sheffield ppGrid node York, UKLight work
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 6 Current Facilities: Leeds Everest: supplied by Sun/ Streamline Dual core Opteron: power & space efficient 404 CPU cores, 920GB memory 64-bit Linux (SuSE 9.3) OS Low latency Myrinet interconnect 7 * 8-way (4 chips with 2 cores), 32GB 64 * 4-way (2 chips with 2 cores), 8GB
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 7 Leeds (continued) SGE, Globus/GSI Intel, GNU, PGI compilers. Shared memory & Myrinet MPI NAG, FFTW, BLAS, LAPACK, etc Libraries 32- and 64-bit software versions
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 8 Maxima transition Maintenance to June 2006, expensive Need to move all home directories to SAN Users can still use it, but “at risk” Snowdon transition Maintenance until June 2007 Home directories already on the SAN Users encouraged to move
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 9 Sheffield Iceberg: Sun Microsystems/ Streamline 160 * 2.4GHz AMD Opteron (PC technology) processors 64-bit Scientific Linux (Redhat based) 20 * 4-way, 16GB, fast Myrinet for parallel/large 40 * 2-way, 4GB for high high throughput GNU and Portland Group compilers, NAG Sun Grid Engine (6), MPI, OpenMP, Globus Abaqus, Ansys, Fluent, Maple, Matlab
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 10 Also At Sheffield GridPP (Particle Physics Grid) 160 * 2.4GHz AMD Opteron 80* 2-way, 4GB 32-bit Scientific Linux ppGrid stack 2 nd most productive Very successful!
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 11 Popular! Sheffield Lots of users: 827 White Rose: 37 Utilisation high Since installation: 40% Last 3 months: 80% White Rose: 26%
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 12 York £205k from SRIF 3 £100k computing systems £50k storage system remainder ancillary equipment, contingency Shortlist agreed(?) - for June Compute, possibly 80-100 core, Opteron Storage, possibly 10TB
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 13 Other Resources YHMAN Leased fibre 2Gb/s Performance Wide area MetroLAN UKLight Archiving Disaster recovery
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 14 Grid Resources Queuing Sun Grid Engine (6) Globus Toolkit 2.4 is installed and working issue over GSI-SSH on 64-bit OS (ancient GTK) Globus 4 being looked at Storage Resource Broker being worked on
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 15 Training Available across White Rose Universities Sheffield: RTP - 4 units, 5 credits each High Performance and Grid Computing Programming and Application Development for Computational Grids Techniques for High Performance Computing including Distributed Computing Grid Computing and Application Development
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 16 Contacts Leeds: Joanna Schmidt email@example.com, +44 (0)113 34 firstname.lastname@example.org Sheffield Michael Griffiths or Peter Tillotson email@example.com@firstname.lastname@example.org@sheffield.ac.uk +44 (0) 114 2221126, +44 (0) 114 2223039 York: Aaron Turner email@example.com,+44 (0) 190 firstname.lastname@example.org
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 17 Futures FEC will have an impact Can we maintain 25% use from other sites? how can we fund continuing GRID work? Different Funding models a challenge Leeds: departmental shares Sheffield: unmetered service York: based in Computer Science Relationship opportunities NGS, WUN, region, suppliers?
22/03/06© The University of Sheffield / Department of Marketing and Communications 18 Achievements White Rose Grid: not hardware, services People(!): familiar in working with Grid Experience of working as a virtual organisation Intellectual property in training Success: Research Engaging with Industry Solving user problems
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