Storage and RAM as a service

The Durham Adaptable Memory System has distinct components that are required to investigate adaptable memory technologies that will function as a testbed and demonstrator for the ExCALIBUR HES programme. These components, namely a BlueField-2 cluster and a Gen-Z equipped cluster.

BlueField-2 DPU test cluster

The Durham Intelligent Network Environment (DINE) is a 24 node cluster hosting NVIDIA BlueField-2 Data Processing Unit (DPU) cards with a HDR200 interconnect.  This enables investigation of paradigms such as adaptable memory access, and task modification and movement in task-based parallelism codes.

This is the first UK install of BlueField-2 for HPC, and builds on the previous 16-node BlueField-1 cluster at Durham.  This system is integrated with COSMA allowing the existing login nodes and infrastructure to be used.  Users are able to request an account through the SAFE system managed by EPCC, and should contact Alastair Basden to discuss their requirements.

Further information about DINE and the BlueField-2 system can be found here.

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