Research Experiences for Undergraduates - Computational Methods with Applications in Materials Science

REU Facilities

Each REU student will be provided with a cubicle office space equipped with a personal desktop computer and will have access to the supercomputing resources at the High Performance Computing Collaboratory, where the Center for Computational Sciences is housed.

The HPC² provides substantial high performance computing resources for use by its member centers,including a 5.5 PetaFLOPS cluster with 72,000 Intel Xeon Gold 6148 (Skylake) processors cores, 345terabytes of RAM, and a Mellanox HDR100 InfiniBand interconnect; a 593 TeraFLOPS cluster with 4,800Intel Xeon E5-2680v2 (Ivy Bridge) processor cores and 28,800 Intel Xeon Phi cores, 72 terabytes ofmain RAM, 4 terabytes of Xeon Phi memory, and a Mellanox FDR InfiniBand interconnect; and a 138TeraFLOPS cluster with 12,800 Intel Xeon E5-2680 (Sandy Bridge) processor cores, 26 terabytes of RAM,and a Mellanox FDR InfiniBand interconnect. Data storage capabilities include 20 petabytes of highperformance RAID-enabled disk systems including a large parallel file system and a near-linestorage/archival system.

The HPC² networking infrastructure backbone consists of a 40-Gigabit Ethernet networkinterconnecting the organization's primary computing and storage systems, as well as an extensivenumber of high performance edge switches providing connectivity to the organization's more-than 800high-end desktops and laptops. This network infrastructure supports full redundancy at the core andallows for aggregated connections to support high-bandwidth activities. Each of the three HPC2 researchfacilities obtains wide area (external) network connectivity to the commodity Internet and Internet2through geographically diverse paths to the Mississippi Optical Network (MISSION), a regional opticalnetwork supporting research activities within the state. These two MISSION network connections providefor high-availability and fault tolerant communication channels to the Internet2 connector site inJackson, Mississippi which supports a potential capacity of more than 8 terabits per second. The HPCCand CAVS buildings are connected via dual 100 Gigabit/sec circuits; the STC facility is connected viadual 10 Gigabit/sec circuits.