A new high performance computing system for broad use across UQ will begin operation this month, replacing the Barrine HPC system.
RCC has selected an SGI Rackable HPC system, named Tinaroo, to replace Barrine.
Tinaroo features an 80 per cent increase in number of processor cores, four-fold increase in average memory and eight-fold peak performance increase over Barrine.
Tinaroo will be focused on tightly coupled parallel jobs to undertake tasks requiring a very large number of computer cores to be applied to a given problem at the same time. It will augment FlashLite, a data-intensive supercomputer and Euramoo, a cloud-hosted virtual cluster. Together these systems will span a wide range of computational templates.
The system, which will be installed in Springfield’s Polaris Data Centre, has access to UQ’s GPFS parallel storage environment, which has been upgraded with an additional capacity of about half a petabyte to provide working storage capability. It will also be possible to access Research Data Services (RDS) data collections for processing on Tinaroo.
SGI will work with RCC to deliver Tinaroo training annually over the next three years and will provide comprehensive maintenance and technical support.