CyberScience Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICDS-ACI)

    Equipment/facility: Facility

      Equipments Details


      The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICDS-ACI) is Penn State’s high-performance research cloud that supports Penn State research computing. ICDS-ACI is located at a state-of-the-art data center on the University Park Campus. This data center provides 2.4MW of redundant power and 12,000 square feet of environmentally controlled space for our hardware. Approximately 50 percent of the facility’s power and equipment resources are dedicated to supporting the ICS-ACI system infrastructure.


      ICS-ACI operates more than 36,500 Basic (128 GB), Standard (256 GB), and High (1 TB) memory cores, as well as GPUs and virtual cores in an on-premises cloud, to support Penn State research. The system provides dual 10- or 12-core Xeon E5-2680 processors for Basic and Standard memory configurations and quad 10-core Xeon E7-4830 processors for High Memory configurations.

      Operating System

      The computing environment is operated by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.


      Our computing and storage capabilities are complemented by a high-speed network that utilizes high performance Ethernet fabric, Infiniband, and Fibre Channel network protocols.

      The high-performance Ethernet network is built on Brocade VCS Fabric Technology and supports connectivity for all processing nodes that are within the ICS-ACI system boundary. A VCS “fabric” provides a flexible interconnecting network between individual switches, creating a virtual cluster of physical switches.

      ICDS-ACI uses Mellanox FDR (Fourteen Data Rate) Infiniband interconnects for high performance compute and storage network connectivity. FDR Infiniband provides high-bandwidth, low-latency connections for all Standard and High Memory processor nodes and their associated storage systems.


      ICS-ACI provides a High Performance Storage Archive (ACI-HPSA) capability that supports users’ processing and research needs for data storage. The storage infrastructure includes General Parallel (GPFS), Clustered Network (CNFS), and Common Internet (CIFS) file systems that interconnect across high speed Ethernet, Infiniband, and Fibre Channel network fabrics.


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