The Scientific Computing Resource group was formed in January 2012 to provide computational support and expertise for the other center resource groups and for center researchers. The computing resource also provides a liaison between the SCSB researchers and other national computational facilities, such as the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin, the supercomputing centers at the University of Califonia San Diego and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The resource also collaborates with researchers on the UTMB campus as a whole as well as those in the institution members of the Gulf Coast Consortium.
All of our computational, modeling and visualization resources, computing hardware support, high performance Linux system software support, and scientific software support services are all available to SCSB members as well as the UTMB campus as a whole and by collaboration arrangement with researchers at other institutions.
Our staff all have many years of experience with both high performance scientific computing platforms as well as scientific software and are available for technical support.
Most UTMB researchers who require large scale supercomputing centers for their work need a local platform to develop and debug new software and control scripts where the response time does not require long waiting times in submission queues. To fill this need we have provided small staging cluster with inhomogeneous nodes (5 compute nodes and a control node), with a queuing system (SLURM) identical to those at the national supercomputing centers. Researchers who develop and debug their projects on the staging cluster can be confident that their projects will transfer quickly and easily to a supercomputing center for production runs. We do allow some production runs on the staging cluster as availability permits.
The cluster compute nodes are of 3 types:
The SCR has obtained a large data storage facility to help those researchers with large data needs, and to house the CryoEM database. It is a JBOD based system which is currently installed with 130 Terabytes of space, and is expandable to a maximum size of 200 Terabytes. It is configured in a Raid 5 redundancy system using the on-the-fly reconfigurable ZFS file system with hot-swappable disks.
3D PrintingOur 3D printing facility houses two printers:
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Scientific SoftwareThe SCR maintains a large library of current scientific software which is available for use by SCSB members and by other researchers on the UTMB campus. The library contains all the most heavily used open source titles as well as many lesser known packages. The library also contains some proprietary and licensed software. All software and licenses are kept up-to-date, and are available to all researchers who meet the terms of the particular license.