First supercomputer in France based on the Itanium-2 processor, this new HP cluster is running Linux.
The overall cluster nodes provide 208 processors, 312 Gigabytes of memory and a disk capacity of 7.5 Terabytes. This configuration is completed with a server with 12 GB of memory, an administration network (FastEthernet switches connected to a 24 ports Gigabit switch), and 4 SCSI disk arrays of 1.1 TeraByte each.
i-cluster2 is located in Montbonnot, France in the INRIA Rhône-Alpes facility. Research projects participating to this action are:
This total computing power of more than a half teraflop, is accessible to the external institutional or industrial users within the framework of partnerships. There are many experiments concerning parallel algorithms and optimisation for applications from various domains: molecular biology, chemistry, geophysics, astrophysics, mathematics, electromagnetics, robotics, virtual reality, etc.
The i-cluster2 is fully exploited, during February 2005, for example, there were about 20000 jobs submitted. The i-cluster2 will continue to be a valuable computation resource and its importance will increase as it will become a part of the GRID5000 machine: a supercalculator of 5000 processors spread all over France and offered to a much larger research community.
We are very grateful to RedHat and Myricom for supporting us and thank them for their generosity.