96 Core MicroCloud Cluster TSX10-MC-96

96 Core TotalSim MicroCloud Cluster

The latest generation of TotalSim cluster. Significantly faster due to the utilisation of the latest Haswell CPU architecture & DDR4 memory, increasing the memory throughput compared to the predecessors in the TSX9-MC recipe.

£31,003
Includes build time, installation, configuration time, delivery, warranty & support for 3 years.

  • 96 Cores
  • 512GB Ram
  • 16 x TotalSim Nodes (2 x MicroCloud)
  • 1 x 48 Port GigE Switch
  • 2 x 36 Port Qlogic QDR Infiniband Switch (40Gbps)

This TotalSim cluster consists of 16 nodes. The head node in the cluster has a 256GB SSD installed that hosts the diskless environment for the other 15 nodes in the cluster to boot from. All nodes in the cluster are running off of an identical OS image which improves the ease of maintenance.

The cluster has a combined total of 1/2TB (512GB) of RAM for the 96 cores (5.3GB per core).

The difference between the TSX10-MC and the TSX9-MC is the move to Haswell CPUs (Intel Xeon v3) which has support for DDR4 memory and AVX2 extensions. This move to a later architecture has allowed us to keep our recipe for the TSX10-MC very similar to that of the TSX9-MC, the main differences being later versions of the available technology. This similarity in specification & design means that we are confident in the performance, scalability & maintenance of the latest recipe.

 A few other changes of note for the latest recipe are the update from CentOS 5.8 to CentOS 6.5 as the cluster operating system, this update provides additional support for the v3 hardware as well as bringing the kernel, libraries & packages a little more up to date. Also, due to the lack of support & maintenance for Sun Grid Engine we have migrated to Son of Grid Engine which is an actively maintained community alternative to Sun Grid Engine which provides fixes to some bugs & issues that were present in Sun Grid Engine.

Tech Spec

Housing

Chassis                                   SuperServer SYS-5038MR-H8TRF

Form Factor                            Rack (3u)

Power Supply                          2 x 1620W AC Redundant Power Supplies

Cluster Node Hardware

Motherboard                          SuperMicro X10SRD-F
CPU                                        Intel Xeon E5-1650 v3
Memory                                  32GB (4 x 8GB DDR4 2133MHz)
Onboard LAN                          2 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Ports
IPMI                                        1 x RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN Port

Interconnect                           Qlogic QDR Infiniband QLE7340 (40Gbps)

Operating System           

Operating System                   Centos 6.5

Kernel Version                        2.6.32-431.el6

Software                         

Parallel Processing                  OpenFOAM

Queue System                         Son of Grid Engine 8.1.8

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