"Supercomputers such as Comet and our data-intensive Gordon system are helping to fulfill the NSF's goal to extend the impact of advanced computational resources to a larger and more diversified user base," said UC San Diego Chancellor
While science domains such as physics, astronomy, and the earth sciences have long relied on at-scale high-performance computing (HPC) to help them create detailed simulations to accelerate discovery, there is a growing need for computing capacity for a broader set of researchers, including those in non-traditional domains such as genomics, the social sciences, and economics.
Computing for the 99 Percent
"Comet is designed to be part of an emerging cyberinfrastructure for what is called the 'long tail' of science, which encompasses the idea that a large number of modest-sized computationally based research projects still represents, in aggregate, a tremendous amount of research and scientific impact," said
"Comet is all about computing for the 99 percent," said SDSC Director
Comet will join SDSC's Gordon supercomputer as a key resource within NSF's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), which comprises the most advanced collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world. It is expected that Comet will help meet the pent-up demand for computing on up to 1,024 cores, which accounts for 98% of current jobs among XSEDE users. While Comet will be able to support much larger jobs, its scheduling policies will be designed to provide fast turnaround for large numbers of smaller jobs.
Comet will also be the first XSEDE production system to support high-performance virtualization. SDSC team members plan to work closely with communities and enable them to develop the customized software stacks that meet their needs by defining virtual clusters. With significant advances in Single Root IO Virtualization (SRIOV), virtual clusters will be able to attain near native hardware performance in both InfiniBand latency and bandwidth, making them suitable for MPI-style parallel computing.
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