Research IT | Summer Updates : Cluster rebuild complete, new data storage project, seeking collaborators for CI proposal

August 11, 2016
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***Cluster Rebuild***

The LHB-NGS and LHB-PS clusters have been rebulit and combined into one larger cluster, now known as clusterone.las.iastate.edu. The cluster is running CentOS7, using the RISA software repository (/research-it-software-archive), and has 48 nodes available.  


You can find more details about the hardware here: /condo2017-free-tier


We are looking for volunteers to run jobs on a pilot basis to ensure the cluster is operating correctly. During this time, we are not enforcing any quotas, and we are willing to work with you on the queue structure to meet your needs. If you are interested in getting some free cluster run time, and providing us with feedback to help improve our offerings, please email us at researchit@iastate.edu and we'll get you setup.


***New Data Storage***

We are working on a new University wide solution for research data storage. Our goal is to provide inexpensive, reliable, petabyte scale storage available to all researchers on campus. We will be using RedHat Gluster as the storage platform, and we are currently working through the RFP process to acquire hardware. Our goal is to have the system up and running within the fall semester. For those of you storing data on the EMC Isilon, we will be coordinating a migration plan with you after the storage is setup and tested. As we get further along in the process, you will see some communication providing more details about available capacity, pricing, etc.

https://www.redhat.com/en/technologies/storage/gluster


***Seeking Cyber Infrastructure proposal collaborators***

NSF has a funding opportunity for Campus Cyberinfrastructure in 7 categories. Proposals are due Aug 23rd, and we are interested in partnering with researchers to submit proposals in 2 of the categories: "Campus Computing" and "Integrated Storage Resources". Our goal is to write proposals for new capabilities we don't currently have that can accelerate your research, such as hardware utilizing the latest Knights Landing - Intel Phi coprocessors, and high capacity, high performance storage.


Science-driven requirements are a key evaluation factor in the proposal review process, so our ability to partner with you to write a proposal explaining how new hardware will benefit your research should greatly increase our odds of funding. Please let me know if you are interested in collaborating on a proposal. 


For more information, please see: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504748

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