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Keeneland: National Institute for Experimental Computing
The Keeneland Project is a five-year Track 2D cooperative agreement awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2009 for the deployment of an innovative high performance computing system in order to bring emerging architectures to the open science community. The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and its partners - Oak Ridge National Lab, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and the National Institute for Computational Sciences - manage the facility, perform education and outreach activities for advanced architectures, develop and deploy software tools for this class of architecture to ensure productivity, and team with early adopters to map their applications to Keeneland architectures.
In 2010, the Keeneland project procured and deployed its initial delivery system (KIDS): a 201 Teraflop, 120-node HP SL390 system with 240 Intel Xeon CPUs and 360 NVIDIA Fermi graphics processors, with the nodes connected by an InfiniBand QDR network. KIDS was being used to develop programming tools and libraries in order to ensure that the project can productively accelerate important scientific and engineering applications. The system was also available to a select group of users to port and tune their codes to a scalable GPU-accelerated system. In the spring of 2012 KIDS was upgraded from NVIDIA M2070 to M2090 GPUs for total peak performance of 255 TFLOPS.
Please see Getting Access to KIDS for details on getting an account.
In October of 2012, the Keeneland Full Scale (KFS) system was accepted by the NSF and went into production. KFS is a 264-node cluster based on HP SL250 servers. Each node has 32 GB of host memory, two Intel Sandy Bridge CPU’s, three NVIDIA M2090 GPUs, and a Mellanox FDR InfiniBand interconnect. The total peak double precision performance is ~615 TF. Each node has temporary storage (job duration), but Keeneland shares disk storage with the National Institute for Computational Science (NICS), so their storage policies are used.