New Supercomputer Will Double Computing Power

Stampede2 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin. (Image courtesy of TACC)

By Shelley Littin

This summer, high-performance computing (HPC) systems utilized by CyVerse applications will transition to Stampede2, a new, large-scale supercomputing system funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that has been deployed at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC – a CyVerse partner site) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Stampede2 will provide improved HPC capabilities for thousands of researchers across the United States, noted NSF Division Director for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Irene Qualters: “Stampede2’s capabilities will complement and significantly expand the diverse portfolio of computing resources increasingly essential to exploration at the frontiers of science and engineering.”

The first phase of Stampede2 will reach production in the summer of 2017. As larger and faster file systems are brought online, CyVerse HPC will be transferred to Stampede2. Users with remaining allocations on Stampede will be migrated to Stampede2 at the start of production and will gain immediate access to the new system’s capabilities.

CyVerse HPC users should expect longer than usual wait times until September 2017, while CyVerse systems are transitioned to Stampede2 at the NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

“At CyVerse, we work to continually improve our cyberinfrastructure,” said Nirav Merchant, co-principal investigator of CyVerse and director of information technology at Arizona Research Labs at The University of Arizona. “Our partnership with TACC allows us to leverage cutting edge computational platforms like Stampede and Stampede2 to bring our users greater computing power and speed to help them achieve their research and development goals.”

Researchers across the nation will have access to Stampede2 and other advanced computing resources including visualizations, data storage, and testbeds, through CyVerse and XSEDE. Stampede2 will double the peak performance, memory, storage capacity, and bandwidth of its predecessor, Stampede.

The Stampede system will complete its 5-year period in 2017. “Stampede has run more than 8 million successful jobs, delivered over 3 billion core hours of computation, and run jobs for more than 11,000 users on over 3,000 projects in the open science community,” said Dan Stanzione, executive director of TACC and principal investigator of the Stampede and Stampede 2 projects.

Stampede will be decommissioned once phase two of Stampede2 reaches production around October of 2017. Stampede2 will operate for four additional years, projected through October 2021.

“Stampede has been used for everything from determining earthquake risks to help set building codes for homes and commercial buildings, to computing the largest mathematical proof ever constructed,” Stanzione added in a statement. “We thank the NSF for trusting us again with the tremendous responsibility of supporting our nation's researchers as they push the boundaries of discovery."

"The kind of large-scale computing and data capabilities systems like Stampede and Stampede2 provide are crucial for innovation in almost every area of research and development, from providing insights to fundamental theory to applied work that has real near-term impacts on society.”

The Stampede2 system is deployed and operated by TACC with a team including Clemson University, Cornell University, the University of Colorado Boulder, Indiana University, Ohio State University, and The University of Texas at Austin. Stampede is delivered by vendor partners Dell Technologies, Intel, and Seagate.