"We are supporting Comet to provide a resource not just for the highest end-users, but for scientists and engineers across a broad spectrum of disciplines," said
Scheduled to start operations in early 2015, Comet will be a
"When you look inside Comet, the key enabling computing capability will be the Intel Xeon processors," said
In addition, Comet will include some large-memory nodes, each with 1.5 TB of memory, as well as nodes with NVIDIA GPUs (graphic processing units). The GPU and large-memory nodes will target specific applications, such as visualization, molecular dynamics simulations or de novo genome assembly.
Comet users will also have access to 7 PB (petabytes) of Lustre-based high-performance storage, as well as 6 PB of durable storage for data reliability, both based on an evolution of SDSC's Data Oasis storage system. UC San Diego and SDSC are also deploying new 100 Gbps (Gigabit per second) connectivity, allowing users to rapidly move data to SDSC for analysis and data sharing, and return data to their institutions for local use.
Comet will be the successor to SDSC's Trestles computer cluster, to be retired in 2014 after four years of service.
"Comet will have all of the features that made Trestles so popular with users, but with much more capacity and ease-of-access," said SDSC Deputy Director
Norman and Moore are joined by three co-principal investigators from SDSC on the Comet project: SDSC Associate Director and XSEDE co-PI Nancy Wilkins-Diehr; SDSC Distinguished Scientist
The Comet project is funded under NSF grant number ACI 1341698.
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