Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI)
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Facilities

The Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) is a world-class supercomputer facility.

The CCNI operates heterogeneous supercomputing systems consisting of massively parallel supercomputers and clusters. There is a robust software environment for the development of new applications and a production environment of design tools. The facility is connected to the rest of the world through a fiber network infrastructure.

Facility

The main facility for the CCNI is located in the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush, N.Y. This location is a short drive to the Rensselaer campus in Troy, N.Y., as well as the state capitol in Albany, N.Y. and train and air transportation.

The facility includes 4,300 square feet of expandable machine room space with power, cooling, and backup to support this unique capability. This facility also has spaces that are used on a rotational basis for partner activities.

Interactive Quicktime Tours of the CCNI

Systems

The heterogeneous supercomputing systems includes massively parallel Blue Gene supercomputers, IBM Power systems, and clusters built using AMD Opteron processors. These systems provide more than 100 peak TeraFLOPS of computing power. Hundreds of terabytes of storage complement this computing power.

  • 16 IBM Blue Gene/L Racks with 16,384 compute nodes (for 32,768 compute cores) with 12TB memory interconnected with high speed networks (hypertoroidal, collective, and global barrier/interrupt) providing 75 Teraflops. In June 2007, the Blue Gene debuted at #7 on the Top 500 Supercomputer List and is currently #34 on the list.
  • IBM System Cluster 1350 interconnected with a 10Gbps Voltaire InfinIBand switch fabric
    • 154 IBM LS21 Blades with two dual-core 2.6 GHz AMD Opteron processors and 16 GB of memory
    • 154 IBM LS21 Blades with two dual-core 2.6 GHz AMD Opteron processors and 12 GB of memory
    • 154 IBM LS21 Blades with two dual-core 2.6 GHz AMD Opteron processors and 8 GB of memory
    • 40 IBM System x3755 compute nodes with four dual-core 2.8 GHz AMD Opteron processors and 64 GB of memory
    • 2 IBM System x3755 compute nodes with four dual-core 2.8 GHz AMD Opteron processors and 128 GB of memory
    • 1 IBM System x3950 system with 32 dual core 3.3GHz Intel processors and 128 GB of memory
    • 1 IBM System x3950 system with 16 dual core 3.3GHz Intel processors and 256 GB of memory
  • IBM System p590 with 16-way 2.1GHz POWER5+ processors and 256 GB of memory running
  • High Performance Storage System with 832 TB of raw disk built on IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS)

Network

The CCNI connects to the Rensselaer Troy campus and the NYSERNet optical research infrastructure, enabling gigabit/second (or “GiGE”) connections to the Internet and Internet2, National LambdaRail (NLR), and most of the research networks in the world through the peering point at 32 Avenue of the Americas. Connections at 10 GiGE via dedicated waves also are possible.

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