FE&R Proposal Statement

Facilities, Equipment and other Resources Proposal Statement

ARC resources that Researchers can include in Research proposals to describe Facilities, Equipment and other Resources at Virginia Tech:

Computing resources will be provided through the Advanced Research Computing (ARC) Center within the Division Information Technology at Virginia Tech.  ARC provides cutting-edge high-performance computing and visualization resources. Currently available high performance computing (HPC) systems include:

  1. Huckleberry: “Deep learning” cluster with 14 compute nodes equipped with two IBM Power8 CPU, four NVIDIA P100 GPU and NVLINK; Infiniband interconnect
  2. Cascades: General purpose cluster with 190 two-socket compute nodes equipped with two 16-core Intel Xeon “Broadwell” CPU and 128 GB of memory; 4 compute nodes with two NVIDIA K80 GPU, 512 GB of memory and one 2 TB NVMe flash card; 2 four-socket compute nodes with four 18-core Intel Xeon “Broadwell” CPU and 3 TB of memory; Intel Omni-Path interconnect
  3. NewRiver: General purpose cluster with 100 compute nodes equipped with two 12-core Intel Xeon “Haswell” CPU, 128 GB memory and 18 TB SAS drives; 39 compute nodes with 512 GB memory and two NVIDIA P100 GPU; 16 compute nodes with 512 GB of memory and two 200 GB SSD; 8 compute nodes with 512 GB of memory and NVIDIA K80 GPU; 2 four-socket compute nodes equipped with four 15-core Intel Xeon “IvyBridge” CPU and 3 TB of memory; Infiniband interconnect
  4. Dragonstooth: High-throughput cluster with 48 two-socket compute nodes equipped with two 12-core Intel Xeon “Haswell” CPU, 256 GB of memory and four 480GB SSD drives
  5. BlueRidge: General purpose cluster with 408 two-socket compute nodes equipped with two 8-core Intel Xeon “SandyBridge” CPU and 64 GB of memory; Infiniband interconnect; 130 compute nodes are also equipped with have Intel Xeon Phi co-processors

Parallel filesystems provide over 4 Petabytes of high performance storage, and a tape archive is provided to support long term data storage. ARC’s Visionarium Lab also provides an array of visualization resources, including the VisCube, an immersive 10′ x 10′ three-dimensional visualization environment. In all, the VT Visionarium provides nearly 86 million pixels, 4 billion triangles-per-second and 22 TB/s of GPU memory bandwidth. ARC resources are able to leverage Virginia Tech’s excellent network connectivity, and network. Virginia offers access to advanced national networks, including ESnet, Internet2, and Mid Atlantic Crossroads.