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High Performance Computing Core
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The Department of Biology has recently acquired two HPC machines to facilitate and improve research in Bioinformatics, large-scale ecosystem analysis, spatial statistics and phylogenetic analysis. The HPC core consists of an IBM BladeCenter server and a Dell PowerEdge R910 Server, providing parallel computing capacity and scalable infrastructure with standard x86 server technologies.

The IBM Intelligent Cluster solution is based on IBM BladeCenter HS22 servers with 96 computer cores (Intel® Xeon® 5650 processors), and remote management from Gridcore. Two quad-core HS22 servers act as the head node and storage node, and a further eight HS22 servers act as the compute nodes, each configured with two 6-core Intel Xeon 5650 processors. A 2U storage enclosure within the BladeCenter chassis contains ten 600 GB 15,000 rpm SAS drives. With this system, researchers at ECU now have the ability to run up to ten typical computing jobs in parallel boosting productivity and analysis speed the higher performance enables larger problems to be tackled/solved. 

The Dell PowerEdge R910 Server consists of 1 TB Memory (64x16 GB), 1066 MHz, Quad Ranked LV RDIMMs using 4 x Intel Xeon X7550 2 GHz processors, a PERC H700 Raid controller with 2 x 146 GB 15 Krpm SCSI hotplug hard drives and additionally 4 x 1TB 7.2. Krpm SAS hard drives. 

This large memory server was tailored to assist in analyses of "next generation" sequencing datasets. The task of assembling whole genomes and transcriptomes from millions of short sequence reads requires large memory capabilities and this computer serves the needs of researchers working in these areas.  Although the server is designed for bioinformatics, researchers in need of large memory computing will be able to have their application-specific software installed. 

In addition, the Center for Applied Computational Studies (http://www.ecu.edu/cacs/)  in collaboration with ITCS, is purchasing new high performance computing hardware, which is available for Biology faculty to use.
   

 Recognizing the importance of the research that this type of resource can help address, the High Performance Computing Core at East Carolina provides computational power and technical support to both academia and industry. These services are available to faculty and students within the University system and are available at negotiated rates to other academic institutions, government, and industry. For information contact: Dr. Enrique Reyes (reyese{at}ecu.edu).