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Title: Building the Teraflops/Petabytes Production Computing Center

Abstract

In just one decade, the 1990s, supercomputer centers have undergone two fundamental transitions which require rethinking their operation and their role in high performance computing. The first transition in the early to mid-1990s resulted from a technology change in high performance computing architecture. Highly parallel distributed memory machines built from commodity parts increased the operational complexity of the supercomputer center, and required the introduction of intellectual services as equally important components of the center. The second transition is happening in the late 1990s as centers are introducing loosely coupled clusters of SMPs as their premier high performance computing platforms, while dealing with an ever-increasing volume of data. In addition, increasing network bandwidth enables new modes of use of a supercomputer center, in particular, computational grid applications. In this paper we describe what steps NERSC is taking to address these issues and stay at the leading edge of supercomputing centers.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Director, Office of Science. Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Resea (US)
OSTI Identifier:
14974
Report Number(s):
LBNL-44337
R&D Project: KN6701; TRN: US200305%%788
DOE Contract Number:  
AC03-76SF00098
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: EuroPar, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: Supercedes report DE00014974; PBD: 1 Sep 1999; PBD: 1 Sep 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; PERFORMANCE; PRODUCTION; SUPERCOMPUTERS; COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE

Citation Formats

Kramer, William T.C., Lucas, Don, and Simon, Horst D. Building the Teraflops/Petabytes Production Computing Center. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
Kramer, William T.C., Lucas, Don, & Simon, Horst D. Building the Teraflops/Petabytes Production Computing Center. United States.
Kramer, William T.C., Lucas, Don, and Simon, Horst D. Wed . "Building the Teraflops/Petabytes Production Computing Center". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/14974.
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abstractNote = {In just one decade, the 1990s, supercomputer centers have undergone two fundamental transitions which require rethinking their operation and their role in high performance computing. The first transition in the early to mid-1990s resulted from a technology change in high performance computing architecture. Highly parallel distributed memory machines built from commodity parts increased the operational complexity of the supercomputer center, and required the introduction of intellectual services as equally important components of the center. The second transition is happening in the late 1990s as centers are introducing loosely coupled clusters of SMPs as their premier high performance computing platforms, while dealing with an ever-increasing volume of data. In addition, increasing network bandwidth enables new modes of use of a supercomputer center, in particular, computational grid applications. In this paper we describe what steps NERSC is taking to address these issues and stay at the leading edge of supercomputing centers.},
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