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Research Computing Services

On 30th March 2017 the University of Cambridge Research Computing Service, in partnership with EPSRC and STFC, announced a co-investment of £14M for the creation of the Cambridge Service for Data Driven Discovery (CSD3). The EPSRC element of the service is a consortium led by the University of Cambridge in partnership with the Universities of Bristol, Leicester, Southampton and Oxford, Kings College London, UCL and Imperial College.

Peta 4 is the flagship CPU supercomputer for RCS. It is comprised of 1152 nodes of traditional CPU, and 342 many-core CPUs. 

System Features

  • Nationally available infrastructure via EPSRC, STFC-DiRAC, and Industry
  • 1152 Nodes built from Dell PowerEdge C6420 (C6320p for KNL)
  • Connects to the 5PB/s LustreFS shared with Wilkes2.

Skylake nodes contain:

  • 2 x Intel Xeon Skylake 6142 processors, 2.6GHz 16-core
  • 192GiB RAM (high memory nodes have 384GiB RAM)
  • Intel OPA 100Gbs
  • Theoretical peak performance: 2.662 TFlop/s.

KNL nodes contain:

  • Intel Xeon Phi 7210
  • 96GiB RAM 
  • Intel OPA 100Gbs.
  • The KNL nodes have reached end-of-life and will be decommissioned in 2021.