computationalassets

DRI’s Applied Innovation Center (AIC) has computational and storage resources for data hosting, exploration, discovery, collaboration, visualization and decision support in environmental and biological sciences. The AIC has extensive experience in developing cloud-based web portals (dashboards) for real-time data monitoring, analysis, prediction, and management of critical infrastructure to facilitate near and long term policy decisions. Our team can develop applications using our computational assets, configure advanced hardware and software and has coding skills in the following languages: C++, Perl, Python, R, Java, Ruby, SQL, PHP and Javascript. 

All AIC and DRI computing resources are housed in one of two on-site data centers.  Both data centers are environment controlled and monitored, with UPS and redundant power supplies.  DRI computing capabilities includes:

GPU SMP Platform: The AIC houses a seven GPU SMP development platform to allow accelerated computing and graphic visualization. GPU computing has typically enabled 10x-100x typical speed-ups for certain classes of highly parallel applications.  Hardware specification include: 2 CPU cores, 96 GB, 240 GB Hard Disk, 7 Quadro FX 5800 GPU cards.


Hadoop Ecosystem Cluster: AIC hosts a Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) version 2.2 which provides a comprehensive set of essential Big Data functionalities allowing the development of end-to-end enterprise solutions.  Hardware specification include: total 46 CPU cores, 288 GB RAM, and 45 TB Hard Disk.


Application and Service Development Environment: Two development systems allow the deployment of multiple virtual machines as needed for developing enterprise applications.  Hardware specification include: a total of 40 CPU cores, 384 GB RAM, 20 TB of onboard RAIDed storage and 10 GB connections to the Compellent Storage Array (described below).


HIPAA Secure Analysis and Storage Environment:  A physically and logically secured virtual host provides a SAS and MSSQL analysis environment for machine-learning based analysis of health-care data.  Hardware specification includes: 64 CPU cores, 512 GB RAM, 2 TB onboard storage and a private 10 GB connection to an isolated partition on the Dell Compellent (described below).


Dell Compellent Shared Storage Array:  A dedicated storage array provides a total of  50 TB of external storage that can be partitioned and dedicated to systems as needed.  Connectivity can be provided over general network or isolated 10 GB connections.


DRIVE6 Virtual Reality Environment: The AIC houses the DRIVE-6 Visual Reality Lab. One of only eight in the world, the DRIVE-6 is a sophisticated virtual reality enclosure with six projected surfaces that form all sides of a cube. Hardware specifications include: 12 projectors driven by 13 nodes, 8 CPU cores per node, 24GB RAM per node, 1 Quadro FX 5800 GPU per node, and 400 GB Hard Disk per node.


DRIVE4 Virtual Reality Environment:  AIC also operates DRIVE-4, a four sided virtual reality environment.  Functionally quite similar to DRIVE-6 it is used for early prototyping of DRIVE-6 applications or stand-alone production applications that do not benefit from the additional two surfaces.  Hardware specifications include: 4 projectors and 4 nodes each with 8 CPU cores, 24 GB RAM, and 1 Quadro graphics card.


AIC Grid Engine Cluster:  AIC operates its own Sun Grid Engine high performance computing cluster.  A head node provides job scheduling, user environments and grid management via a dedicated 10 GB private network to compute nodes and the compute nodes are inter-connected by a FDR-10 Infiniband fabric.  Hardware specifications include: total 128 CPU cores, 664 GB RAM, 1.2 TB onboard storage.


DRI Grid Engine Cluster: DRI operates a Sun Grid Engine high performance computing cluster.  A head node provides job scheduling, user environments and grid management via a dedicated 10 GB private network to compute nodes and the compute nodes are inter-connected by a FDR-10 Infiniband fabric.  Hardware specifications include: 5 compute nodes creating a system with 120 compute cores at 2.8GHz CPU and 315 GB of RAM.


DRI High Performance Computing Services Center: The newly created DRI HPCS offers high performance cluster computing services. Hardware specifications include: total of 360 CPU cores and 1.92 TB of available RAM.