Wichita State University
Jabara Hall
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260
316-978-3456
HiPeCC@wichita.edu

 

Background

In the winter of 1998-1999, a group of WSU faculty decided to acquire high performance computing facilities in order to raise the level of research on campus. Funding was obtained from NSF and WSU, and an Origin 2000 with 16 processors was ordered from SGI and installed in April 1999. In March, 2001, another 8 processors were added.

In the spring of 2003, two grants were obtained to finance an entirely new set of resources, an SGI Altix 3700 with 32 1.3GHz Intel Itanium2 (64 bit) processors with 32 GB RAM and 36GB scratch disk and a pair of clusters from Atipa Technologies, each with 17 dual 2.666 GHz Xeon (32 bit) processor nodes (2 GB RAM  with 77GB scratch disk each) along with 1TB of file storage accessible to all nodes via NFS. All nodes are running RedHat Linux*

In the spring of 2005, another grant was obtained to finance a Dell cluster for computational fluid dynamics for Aerospace Engineering. HiPeCC agreed to administer the cluster in exchange for letting other users use it when AE does not need it. It contains a head node and 45 dual 3.6 MHz Xeon (EM64T) processor nodes, each with 4GB RAM and 67GB scratch disk, all running RedHat Linux. 900GB of disk were added to the file server.

In the summer of 2006, another Aerospace Engineering professor required processors for computational fluid dynamics and another 30 nodes were added to the existing Dell cluster. 1200GB of disk were also added to the file server. These nodes later became a standalone cluster.

In 2010, the AE professor who bought the Dell invested in a new cluster of 14 Dell R815 nodes, each with four 8-code AMD processors. Two more professors bought 8 more R815 nodes but in 2013 they became the basis for another cluster which includes two Dell R720 nodes, each with two NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPGPUs.

HiPeCC is run by a full time System Administrator/Trainer and managed by a Director. Policies and direction are set by a user's committee representing seven departments across campus. HiPeCC does not report to any academic department but rather it is under Office of Research and Technology Transfer.

HiPeCC resources are available to all faculty and staff on campus.

HiPeCC is not limited to resident machines. We will assist users in accessing more powerful machines at regional supercomputer centers. Nor is HiPeCC limited to supercomputers. We will promote other computing resources such as Internet2 in order to raise the level of research at WSU.


Come to us when you have a problem too big to solve on your computer. We are here to help you solve your problems.

 

* We acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EIA-0216178 and Grant No. EPS-0236913, matching support from the State of Kansas

This site is maintained by HiPeCC. This page last modified on Thursday, September 16, 2010. If you find errors please bring them to the attention of HiPeCC@wichita.edu.