High Performance Computing Facility

High Performance Computing Midlands Plus

High performance computing (HPC) technology now pervades our everyday lives, for example from financial transactions, the design of aircraft engines, through to animated film production. In Midlands Innovation we have used HPC to address global challenges including Energy, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Healthcare and Transport. HPC Midlands Plus is a Tier-2 High Performance Computing centre with a focus on Engineering and Physical Sciences, funded by EPSRC in late 2016. The universities of Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick and Queen Mary received £3.2m from EPSRC to establish the facility which is located on the Loughborough University campus.

The centre delivers HPC to researchers to support excellent scientific and engineering research. It is also growing its significant portfolio of industrially relevant research and enabling industrial partners to access its world-class facilities to benefit the UK economy. Underpinning this is a commitment from the partners to support the development of software that can make the optimal use of the system.

HPC Facility

Governance

The project is overseen by the Midlands Innovation Executive Management Group and the EPSRC Council Support Manager and the project principle investigator, Professor Steven Kenny, Loughborough University. We also have a management board, operations group and a senior user group that includes representatives from all partners.

Access

For information on how to access the facility please contact HPC Midlands+ service desk

System specification

Our High Performance Computing (HPC) system was supplied by ClusterVision and consists of:

  • 512 compute nodes in Huawei X6000 quad-node chassis, each with:
    • 28 cores, in the form of two Intel Xeon E5-2680v4 at 2.40 GHz (base), and 128 GB of memory giving a total of 14,336 cores and 64 TB of memory.
  • 1 Petabyte of disk storage, delivered via GPFS from four storage nodes.
  • A Mellanox EDR Infiniband high-performance internal network. This is structured hierarchically, with islands of 27 nodes (756 cores) connected at full EDR bandwith, and the islands are then connected to the core of the network at one-third bandwidth.
  • 5 POWER8 compute nodes, each with 20 cores (2.9 GHz) and 1 TB of memory.

One of the POWER8 nodes also has two Nvidia GP100 GPGPU cards, connected via NVlink.

For more information and contact

For more information about the facility, access and user support please visit the HPC Midlands Plus website.

Enquiries can be directed to the HPC Midlands+ service desk.