IDRE has been instrumental in creating and implementing a strategic campus data center plan to effectively support research computing. IDRE’s data center system includes space in the following facilities:
The Math Sciences Data Center
The Math Sciences Data Center, which is shared with the campus administrative systems unit, houses research computing clusters, including part of the main Hoffman2 Cluster. The Math Sciences Data Center also provides backend services to Visualization Portal and Modeling Lab. Approximately 2,700 square feet of the Math Sciences data center’s 5,000 square feet are dedicated to supporting IDRE research computing. The compute resources in this facility and the IDRE Performance Optimized Data Center (POD) are networked through 10gigabit Ethernet as well as wide-area Infiniband fabric. The Math Sciences facility is a Tier 3 data center space with greater than 600kW of power with full UPS and motor generator backup and 170 tons of redundant air conditioning capacity. The facility has a strong physical security, which includes 24 x 7 staff monitoring and physical presence in the center. In addition to cluster compute nodes, the Math Sciences Data Center houses critical administrative servers, storage subsystems (over 5PB of storage located on Nexsan, Panasas, and NetApp storage servers), an IBM Tivoli tape backup system, and the primary instance of the IDRE Cloud Storage system.
The IDRE Performance Optimized Data Center (POD)
The capacity of the Math Sciences Data Center has been extended through the innovative use of an HP Performance Optimized Data Center (POD). The POD is a retrofitted 40′ by 8′ shipping container that has been extensively modified to provide space for an additional 1,535 nodes and 18,000+ cores, as well as associated network and interconnect equipment. The POD provides 380KW of power and 170 tons of air conditioning in a highly efficient manner at a fraction of the cost of a conventional data center. The POD is also the home of a replicated instance of the IDRE Cloud Storage system.
Data Center Information:
Contact: Bill Labate