The NCCS is home to multiple complex computing systems that provide high-performance computing, managed virtual environments, data services, remote visualization, and storage. This section includes system descriptions, specifications, and links to specialized support and instructionals.
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The centerpiece of the NCCS is the 108,000 -core “Discover” supercomputing cluster, an assembly of Linux scalable units capable of over 5 petaflops, or 5,000 trillion floating-point operations per second.
Discover is particularly suited for large, complex, communications-intensive problems employing large matrices and science applications, which benefit from its ecosystem of software ecosystem.
The Remote Visualization system provides users with simplified access to visualization software. The system allows users to run numerous visualization packages, visualize data from their computers quickly and efficiently, and download the rendered images without having to download large data files.
The NCCS is developing a centralized storage system to share curated datasets, reduce duplication, and free up storage for new data products.
Historically, the NCCS has provided longer-term storage of data products on tape. Changes to this system are in progress, however, and users are encouraged to develop a data management plan in preparation for these changes.
ADAPT Science Cloud
ADAPT combines high-performance computing and virtualization technologies to create an on-site private cloud. This managed virtual machine (VM) environment is specifically designed for large-scale data analytics.
The system allows researchers to bring their applications to the data and define the environment in which those applications run. The science results can then be stored for future analysis or shared with other users.
The DataPortal empowers NCCS users to share data produced on NCCS computing systems with the scientific community and the public. User datasets include weather forecasts, climate projections and reanalyses, and land information systems.
This system hosts a variety of data services, ranging from HTTPS to geographic information systems. In many cases, this virtual environment can be expanded to meet the user's needs.
The hyperwall is a flexible environment for displaying high-definition movies of simulation results, data visualizations, animations, and other imagery. The system showcases data and simulation results at a much higher resolution than traditional high-definition resolution, up to 9600 x 3240 pixels per inch.
The NCCS hyperwall also offers a scalable amplified group environment for data interaction and collaboration.