HPC Cloud Service

Please see our service details and pricing page for new reduced core hour pricing beginning February 1st, 2016. 

IMSS offers a High Performance Computing (HPC) pay-as-you-go service in the cloud. With Caltech's HPC service, faculty and research groups who do not want to expend financial resources on physical cluster hardware and infrastructure now have the opportunity to run on a IMSS supported HPC platform.


Architecture
There are four cluster queues available all of which utilize high speed 10GiE storage interfaces, low latency QDR non-blocking Infiniband and high speed parallel file systems. Head nodes are virtual and can be sized to meet the needs of individuals or entire research groups.

  • New T30 Queue - 2800 cores
    • Intel Haswell Xeon CPU E5-2660 v3 2.60Ghz
    • 20 physical cores per compute node
    • 128 GiB of memory per node/6.4GiB per core
    • QDR InfiniBand non-blocking fabric
    • 10GbE Storage Network
    • Bare Metal Computing
       
  • M40 Queue – 1560 cores
    • Intel Westmere 2.9Ghz
    • 12 physical cores per compute node
    • 48GiB of memory per node/4GB per core
    • QDR InfiniBand non-blocking fabric
    • 10GbE Storage Network
  • H30 Queue – 3200 cores
    • Intel SandyBridge 2.6Ghz
    • 16 physical cores per compute node
    • 64GiB of memory per node/4GB per core
    • QDR InfiniBand non-blocking fabric
    • 10GbE Storage Network
  • GPU Queue
    • 7 Nvidia K40 GPU Nodes
    • 2 K40 GPUs per node
    • 64GiB of memory per node
    • QDR InfiniBand non-blocking fabric
    • 10GbE Storage Network
Applications

Applications range from open source products such as NAMD and StochKit to privately licensed applications such as FDTD's Lumerical and Matlab (2015b). Additional application installations are available upon request. Note: If you intend to run licensed software where no campus-based license server has been provided the application usage may be subject to additional fees. Please contact help-hpc@caltech.edu with any questions regarding license usage on the cloud service.

 

Billing

A campus PTA and list of IMSS account names/emails addresses are required to get started. Once PTA and emails are provided each user will receive an individual confirmation email containing information on how to connect to the cluster. New users will be provided 500 free* core hours with which to test the cluster at no risk. A limited free debug queue for testing job submission scripts will also be provided. Billing will occur at the end of each month.

Get Started

To start using the Cloud HPC cluster contact us at help-hpc@caltech.edu or visit the help system at https://help.caltech.edu (request type IMSS-->High Performance Computing) with an interdepartmental account number (PTA/poeta) and a list of IMSS user accounts to enable. Campus UID‘s with funds attached can be provided in lieu of a PTA for individual projects.

 

* 500 free core hours apply to non-gpu compute nodes only