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The NCHC's HP Superdome II Goes Live! Apply Now!

2009/03/16

The HP Superdome II was constructed by the NCHC in 2008.  The mainframe's single point memory is 8 times that of the original Superdome which makes it quite suitable for today’s current large-scale scientific research.  The HP Superdome II is Taiwan's only single point large memory mainframe.  It contains 44 1.6 GHz Duo Core Intel Itanium processes and shares 1TB of memory through its symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) architecture. This architecture allows for efficient load balancing and distribution of jobs to multiple processing cores. Computing jobs of various memory requirements can be carried out simultaneously over the system. 

In recent years, the memory requirements of scientific research has increased in proportion to the scale of the research.  In the past, most of the clusters used to satisfy research demands were high-end quad or octo-core processors that utilized 16GB or 32GB of memory.  When large-scale computing problems use this type of setup, the calculations must be done over multiple computation points in a distributed and parallel manner.  Data transfer between the computational points also had to run over a high speed ethernet network, thereby, greatly increasing the complexity of the software programs needed to solve the problems.  Additionally, in that the memory was available to only one computational point at a time, the problem was compounded.  These specific types of problems are greatly reduced by the HP Superdome II.

The HP Superdome II has the following programs installed: ABINIT, Amber, CASINO, CHARMM, Chemsoft, CPMD, DL_POLY, GAMESS, Gaussian 03, GROMACS, Molpro, NAMD, NWChem, octopus, OpenMX, Quantum ESPRESSO, SIESTA, VASP, Wien2k.  Due to its extremely large amount of available memory, the HP Superdome II is suitable for problems that could not be solved by traditional mainframe setups. 

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