Photo by: Tom Cogill; Pictured from left to right: Michele Claibourn, Don Brown, John Hawley, Katherine Holcomb, Andrew Grimshaw, Jackie Huband
President Sullivan delivered the opening remarks at the Rivanna launch event with the Data Science Institute last week. The $2.4M acquisition is the University’s new Cray CS300AC; a 4800-core, high-speed interconnect cluster, with about 1.4 PBs of storage available.The Cray cluster combines large amounts of processing with large amounts of memory to provide a significant new resource for computationally-intensive research at U.Va.
The name Rivanna, for U. Va.’s new high performance computing cluster, was selected through a competition open to the UVA computing community. According to the Rivanna River Conservation Society: “The Rivanna River, the largest tributary to the upper James River, was named for Queen Anne, as it was the custom in early Virginia history to name streams for royalty… is often referred to as “Mr. Jefferson’s River” because Thomas Jefferson grew up on the shores of the Rivanna and later built his Monticello home along its banks.”
John Hawley, professor of astronomy and Associate Dean for the Sciences in the College of Art and Sciences explained that this acquisition makes us nationally competitive with the goal to not only advance computationally and data intensive research at the university, but to attract future faculty who will be innovative in the field. Other speakers included UVACSE staff members Katherine Holcomb and Jackie Huband who addressed how to access the cluster and discussed the personalized support UVACSE can provide to upcoming big data research projects.
The new cluster is housed at the University Data Center and is ready for users in all fields. More details can be found in the U.Va. Today’s article, by Fariss Sammara.
UVACSE is offering short courses on transitioning to Rivanna:
Tuesday, September 23, 4 pm – 6 pm
Wednesday, October 15, 4 pm – 6 pm
For more short courses and workshops see our Services>Training> Short Course page and the Library Research Data Services workshops.
We just completed another successful ISSCENS program in the UVACSE Department. ISSCENS, or Intensive Summer School for Computing in the Environmental Sciences teaches software engineering concepts to environmental science students from universities all over the country. Taught by members of the UVACSE staff, the 2 and 1/2 week summer school covers basic programming and software engineering, advanced visualization and complied languages, and included high performance computing such as serial optimization, high-throughput computing, MPI and OpenMP. In addition, selected students begin an 8 week internship at various NASA research centers nationwide immediately following the summer school intensive. This program enables students to work with advanced models used within environmental sciences, while encouraging durable and valuable connections among mentors and students.
In November of 2014, UVACSE will represent the Commonwealth of Virginia with Virginia Tech in New Orleans for the 2014 Supercomputing Conference. Spotlighting the most original and fascinating scientific and technical applications from around the world, SC14 will once again bring together the HPC community – an unprecedented array of scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, students, programmers, system administrators, and developers – for an exceptional program of technical papers, tutorials, timely research posters, and Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions.
The SC14 Exhibition Hall will feature exhibits of the latest and greatest technologies from industry, academia and government research organizations; many of these technologies will be seen for the first time in New Orleans. UVACSE will join the national supercomputing community in November to share our collective accomplishments and to engage in important conversations of how we make HPC Matter to our lives, our future, our communities and our world.