HPC Expansion

2017 Expansion Round

The expansion round is now closed. Thanks to everyone who placed an order!

Please contact Research Computing Services (RCS) if you have any questions.

Overview

A research group may purchase one or more compute servers and storage, all with a four-year lifetime.  A research group can consist of one or more users.  

The number of servers purchased by a research group defines a share of the total system (expressed as a percentage) that will affect when computing jobs submitted by users in that group are processed by the system (job priority). System policies that determine job priority are approved by a faculty operations committee consisting of representatives of participating research groups and are implemented by CUIT staff.

Purchase Options

The following options are available.  Prices are estimates only as final costs will depend on the amounts and types of equipment ordered.

Standard Server: Estimated price $7,000

HP Enterprise XL170r with dual E5-2650v4 processors (2.2 GHz, 12 cores each), 128 GB memory, and EDR Infiniband.

High Memory Server: Estimated price $16,000

Please note that this price is high due to a recent jump in memory prices which might be temporary.  We will contact researchers who order these servers for confirmation before placing the final purchase order with the vendor.

HP Enterprise XL170r with dual E5-2650v4 processors (2.2 GHz, 12 cores each), 512 GB memory, and EDR Infiniband.

GPU Server: Estimated price $17,000

HP Enterprise DL380 with dual E5-2650v4 processors (2.2 GHz, 12 cores each), 128 GB memory, EDR Infiniband, and two Nvidia P100 GPUs.

Scratch Storage: $250 per terabyte

DataDirect Networks GS7K storage server.

Orders from researcher groups new to the cluster (i.e. not adding on to an existing cluster share) should include at least one server of any type and one terabyte of scratch storage.

Purchase Process and Timeline

  1. Purchasers must fill out the order form (coming soon) and email it to RCS at rcs@columbia.edu by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 15, 2017.
  2. All orders will be combined and final pricing will be determined.
  3. RCS will confirm final pricing with purchasers then place orders with vendors.
  4. The system will launch in late Fall 2017.