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High Performance Computing

Zorro, the AU High-Performance Computing (HPC) System supports the efforts of faculty and student researchers working with computationally intensive projects. 

The AU HPC System provides high-speed parallel/distributed data processing and research-dedicated storage with high input-output capabilities. Hardware includes:

  • blade chassis (Dell PowerEdge M1000E)

  • 16 Dell PowerEdge M630 blade servers each housing 2 Intel Xeon CPU E5-2650 v4 @ 2.20GHz processors (12 cores per socket), 128 GB of memory, and a 800 GB SSD

  • Dell PowerEdge R730 server with Nvidia Tesla K80 GPU, 128 GB of RAM. 800 GB SSD

  • Infiniband interconnect

  • 90 TB Isilon Network Attached Storage cluster

This structure allows researchers to significantly reduce computational time by breaking down large jobs into smaller, independent units, and simultaneously executing them. Jobs that usually take days or weeks to run can now be completed in a matter of a few hours.


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