We've entered the era of extreme compute and big data, where new data- and compute-intensive paradigms and practices in science and engineering drive the need for high performance computing capabilities. The RDI2 Institute for Advanced Computation & Data, a university-wide, multidisciplinary resource for CDS&E research, has broadened academic and industry access to state of the art research computing technology and expertise across Rutgers, New Jersey, and the nation.
Using grant funds from the State Higher Education Equipment Leasing Fund (ELF), RDI2 has secured 10 million dollars worth of state of the art advanced cyberinfrastucture technologies which will dramatically increase the computing and storage capacity and capabilities available to Rutgers researchers.
The project was built in three phases:
Phase I went live with ELF cluster and GPFS-based parallel filesystem in January and provides approximately 150 teraflops of computational and data analytics capabilities and one petabyte of storage to faculty and staff researchers throughout the university. To date there have been more than 100 users from 17 departments universitywide. The system has delivered over 2.6 million computing hours and 100 terabytes (TB) of storage to the Rutgers community over the first few months of its operation. Among the heaviest users have been researchers in the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Integrative Proteomics Research at Rutgers University–New Brunswick; the Department of Chemistry at Newark and the Department of Physics at Camden.
Phase II construction included a new self-contained modular data center at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Phase III encompasses the installation of the Caliburn supercomputer and final elements of the network, which provides high-speed access to users.