LLNL's new "Catalyst" supercomputer is now available for collaborative projects with American industry. Developed by a partnership with Cray and Intel, the novel architecture behind this high performance computing (HPC) cluster is intended to serve as a proving ground for new HPC and Big Data technologies and algorithms.
Catalyst boasts nearly a terabyte of addressable memory per compute node through the addition of 128 gigabytes (GB) of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) per node and 800 GB of non-volatile memory (NVRAM) per node in the form of PCIe high-bandwidth Intel Solid State Drives (SSD). Additionally, each Lustre router node contains 3.2 terabytes (TB) of NVRAM. Improved cluster networking is achieved with dual rail Quad Data Rate (QDR-80) Intel TrueScale fabrics. The 150 teraflop/s (trillion floating operations per second) cluster has 324 nodes, 7,776 cores and employs the latest-generation 12-core Intel(R) Xeon(R) E5-2695v2 processors.
LLNL seeks parties interested in collaborations utilizing LLNL's capabilities such as Catalyst in bioinformatics, big data analysis, graph networks, machine learning and natural language processing, or for exploring new approaches to application checkpointing, in-situ visualization, out-of-core algorithms and data analytics.
Catalyst's availability for engagements with U.S.-based companies is through LLNL's HPC Innovation Center (HPCIC). The HPCIC provides supercomputer access and connects industry with LLNL's computational scientists, engineers and computer scientists to help solve complex, high-impact problems across a broad range of scientific, technological and business fields. Work with companies on proprietary projects is through Work-for-Others contracts or Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs).