CSC Accelerating Research
The Center for Scientific Computing (CSC) at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and the MRL are managing a new, state-of-the-art graphics processing unit (GPU) computer cluster that was installed on campus this month. This GPU was funded by a $400,000 Campus Cyberinfrastructure(CC*) grant from the National Science Foundation to accelerate scientific computing workloads. The upgrade includes twelve compute nodes, with each one supporting four high-end NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs that are equipped with hardware double-precision processing, large (32 GB) memory, and NVLink for fast inter-GPU communications. Ten of the nodes were added to the existing High Performance Computing (HPC) campus cluster “Pod” that has three GPU nodes as part of its complement of computing nodes. The HPC cluster is currently available to UCSB researchers. The two remaining nodes became part of the delocalized Pacific Research Platform Nautilus cluster, headquartered at UC San Diego, which connects a few dozen universities along the West Coast including UCSB. CSC staff plan to continue hosting seminars, workshops, and webinars to help attain proficiency with the new cluster.