Description of Kamiak
WSU has made a significant investment in support of institutional research computing by providing a condominium-style high-performance computing cluster, Kamiak. The strategic acquisition of Kamiak provides the essential resources to be responsive to the needs of the university’s research computing community. As of February 2021, the Kamiak research computing cluster has 123 general purpose computing nodes with 3,372 physical cores, 13 Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) nodes with 60,032 GPU cores, and a large memory node with 2TB of RAM for high memory applications. The HPC infrastructure, which was just refreshed in 2021 with a $1.2M university investment, includes fully virtualized head nodes, a HDR100 InfiniBand network for fast storage access and inter-node communication, and 1 PB of all-flash NVMe shared data storage with a state-of-the-art WekaIO parallel file system. Since its inception in 2015, Kamiak has grown through the addition of investigator purchased compute nodes and has the capacity to support growth to 288 nodes for a total of approximately 11,000 physical cores. Purchase of hardware on the Kamiak cluster guarantees investigators on-demand priority access to purchased resources, while idle compute resources across the cluster are available for use by the entire research community.
Kamiak is housed in the WSU ITS data center and is serviced by a dedicated research computing support team that includes two full-time HPC system administrators and two PhD level HPC consultants devoted to application software optimization, training, and outreach to assist with adoption and use of the cluster by on-campus researchers.
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Standard Compute Nodes
We propose the purchase of XXXXX compute nodes to be installed in the Kamiak condominium-style cluster. Each of these nodes will be equipped with dual Intel Xeon Scalable XXXX processors providing XX total physical cores per node and XXXXXX GB of memory. These nodes will be connected to each other and to shared storage via a fast HDR100 InfiniBand network. WSU guarantees on-demand access to these nodes, and full warranty, for a period of no less than 5 years.
We propose the purchase of XXXXX GPU nodes to be installed in the Kamiak condominium-style cluster. Each of these nodes will be equipped with dual Intel Xeon Scalable XXXX processors with XX total physical cores per node and XXXX GB of memory, and XXX Nvidia XXXX GPU accelerators providing XXXX CUDA cores. These nodes will be connected to each other and to shared storage via a fast HDR100 InfiniBand network. WSU guarantees on-demand access to these nodes, and full warranty, for a period of no less than 5 years.
We also propose the purchase of XXXXX GB of storage on the Kamiak storage system for a period of XXX years. This is a state-of-the-art parallel file system with 1 PB of all-flash NVMe shared storage connected to the compute resources via a HDR100 InfiniBand network.