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Advanced Research Computing Support

ARCS Group Supported Hardware

The ARCS Group maintains three main types of computing hardware resources:  workstations, servers and clusters.  All of the ARCS owned equipment, except the new cluster, is currently located in Rickover Hall at USNA, and is located in rooms 114, 117A and 117B.  The workstations or located in 114.  The servers and legacy clusters are located in 117A and 117B.  The new cluster is located in the new ITSD computer room in Ward Hall.

Workstations

Available workstations include standard issue desktop and laptop computers, as well as, some legacy SGI and Sun computers.  Standard issue computers are modified as need to support advanced / research computing.  The workstations are used to test and run application software under various versions of the Linux, Unix and Windows operating systems.  They are use to interface with peripheral devices as needed.  They are also used to provide client computer connections to ARCS supported servers and clusters for walk-in users.

Servers

All supported servers are multiuser, symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), shared memory servers.  They include both Linux and Windows remote access, compute servers with a minimum of 8 compute cores, 32 gigabytes of memory and 250 gigabyte of  disk storage.   The servers provide USNA faculty members and students with higher performance computers on which they can run jobs that are too large for or run too slow on USNA standard issue computers.  Two new SMP compute servers, each with 48-cores and 128 gigabytes of memory are being implemented in 2011 as replacements for two legacy servers.  One will be Windows based and the other Linux based.  The servers can only be reached from the USNA Intranet and VPN.

Clusters

The ARCS Group maintains compute clusters on campus to support parallel and distributed computing by faculty and student users.  Both state-of-the-art and legacy compute clusters are maintained.  A state-of-the-art cluster is maintained on a 5-years life-cycle.  A new, dual configuration cluster was procured in 2011.  It is currently operational in Rickover Hall,  but arrangements have been made to relocate the it to a new high-density ready computer room in Ward Hall, and increase the number of compute nodes, by the end of the 2011 Fall Semester.  All of the current clusters are Linux based.  A Windows based cluster is being considered.  The clusters can only be reached from the USNA Intranet and VPN.

GPGPU Servers

The USNA Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has two General Purpose, Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU) servers, which are available for general faculty and student use, as long as it does not interfere with coursework and work of the faculty sponsor.  The ARCS Group is available to support general use of the servers.  The server are available on the USNA Intranet and VPN.

FPGA Server

The ECE Department also has a Field Programmer Gate Array (FPGA) server device with multiple FPGA units, which is available for general faculty and student use, on a not to interfere basis.  The ARCS Group is available to support general use of the device on a limited basis. 

HPCMP Servers

Various large compute servers provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) are available for USNA faculty and student use.  The ARCS Group supports use of HPCMP servers by USNA faculty members and students on an as needed basis.  The small, ARCS supported compute servers at USNA can be used in a less formal manner to prepare and test jobs for running on large HPCMP servers.

NSF Servers

Various large compute servers provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are available for USNA faculty and student use.  The ARCS Group supports use of NSF servers by USNA faculty members and students on an as needed basis.  The small, ARCS supported compute servers at USNA can be used in a  less formal manner to prepare and test jobs to run on large NSF servers.

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