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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.

Wilkes2 is the largest GPU enabled supercomputer for academic research in the UK. It is comprised of 90 nodes each with 4 Nvidia P100 GPUs.

System Features

Nationally available infrastructure for GPU compute via EPSRC and Industry.

90 nodes based on the Dell PowerEdge C4130.

Each node contains

1 x Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 2.2GHz 12-core processor

96GB RAM

Single Rail Mellanox EDR

4 x Nvidia P100 GPU 16GB.

Theoretical node peak (CPU+GPU): 19.61 TFlops/s

Connects to the 5PB/s LustreFS shared with Peta4.

Additional Information

The Wilkes2 platform has been co-designed with DELL EMCIntel, and NVIDIA.

A non-exhaustive list of research areas expected to particularly benefit from Wilkes2 includes:

  • Turbulence simulations (relevant to the aeronautical industry).
  • Combustion simulations (relevant to the automotive industry).
  • Analysis of large data sets from the Internet of Things (relevant to smart cities research).
  • Materials modeling research.
  • Medical applications, including:
    • Analysis of large medical image data sets.
    • Population-scale gene variant analysis.
    • Real-time medical analytics for use in hospital decision support systems.