Saturday, August 22, 2015

Next Flux Bulk Purchase and Flux Operating Environment

Update 9/29: Final quoting took longer than expected see our post for details. Additions to the order must be placed by October 13th.

Update 8/28: The date for expressing interest was extended to Tuesday, September 8th.  After September 8th, a final pricing proposal will be sent to the vendors.

Flux will be purchasing new cores for the Standard and Large Memory Service.  Because we realize that not all funding sources allow for the purchasing of a service like Flux we provide The Flux Operating Environment (FOE).

FOE is the Flux service minus the hardware, thus a grant that provides only hardware (capital) funds is able to add nodes to Flux, where ARC-TS provides login, storage, network, support, power, etc.

More importantly grants submitted from LSA, COE, and the Medical School have no cost for placing grant nodes in FOE.  Thus the only cost to the researcher is the node and is granted dedicated access to it.

Because Flux is going to be making a larger (4000 core) purchase any faculty with such funds are invited to join in our purchase process.  If you are interested email by August 28th with your node requirements.

Flux 7 2 socket nodes:

  • 128GB Ram
  • 2 x E5-2680V3 CPU (24 Total Core)
  • 3TB 7200 RPM HDD or 1TB 7200RPM HDD
  • EDR Infiniband (100Gbit ConnectX-4)
Flux 7 4 socket nodes:
  • 1024 - 2048GB Ram
  • 4x E5 class CPU (40-48 core)
  • 3TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • EDR Infiniband (100Gbit ConnectX-4)
Faculty purchasing their own via FOE can modify the drive and memory types and quantity to match their need and likely still get the bulk purchasing power by purchasing with Flux.  Researchers who wish to purchase other specialty nodes (GPU, Xeon-PHI, FPGA, Hadoop/Spark, etc.) are still encouraged to contact us.