Princeton Research Computing Introduces Newest TIGER Supercomputer

July 9, 2018

July 9, 2018 — Replacing a cluster installed in 2012, Princeton’s new flagship computer, TIGER, arrived quietly on campus in March and was put through months of routine testing and debugging before being officially unveiled in late May. Several tours and a reception were held at the High-Performance Computing Research Center (HPCRC) on the Forrestal Campus during Reunions.

The TIGER HPC computing cluster in the High-Performance Computing Research Center, Princeton’s 47,000-square-foot data center.
Photo by Florevel Fusin-Wischusen, Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering

At close to six times the power of its predecessor, TIGER is funded by the University provost, the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE) and several University schools and departments.

TIGER represents “Princeton University’s mission to advance learning through scholarship and research of unsurpassed quality,” said Jay Dominick, vice president for information technology and the University’s chief information officer.

“Computation has become an indispensable tool in accomplishing that mission,” Dominick said. “With the newest addition to our High-Performance Computing suite, Princeton continues to equip its faculty with the most advanced computational tools available. The TIGER cluster, and the remarkable staff that support it, are symbolic of the University’s commitment to sustained excellence.”

Jeroen Tromp, PICSciE’s director and the Blair Professor of Geology and professor of geosciences and applied and computational mathematics, said: “There’s such a wide range of research crucial to humanity, from investigations of fusion energy to new frontiers in genomics, that is now dependent on computers to analyze huge complex data sets and turn predictions into testable hypotheses. In many cases, our success as researchers hinges on our access to cutting-edge supercomputing power.”

Tromp’s own recent advances in medical imaging technology combined computational power with techniques originally developed for the study of earthquakes and subterranean structures.

Jim Stone, the Lyman Spitzer Jr., Professor of Theoretical Physics and professor of astrophysical sciences and applied and computational mathematics, said that “In addition to code development, this new faster machine allows us to investigate many new astrophysics problems.”

Stone, who is chair of astrophysical sciences, said his graduate students are using TIGER to study the flow of matter onto compact objects such as neutron stars in close binary systems; to investigate how nuclear reactions change the structure of accretion flows formed when stars pass nearby to black holes, so-called tidal disruption events; and to learn more about the radiation emitted in the first few seconds of a supernovae explosion when the shock first breaks out of the stellar envelope.


A computer simulation of water vapor in the atmosphere from a global model developed at NOAA/GFDL, run by Gabriel Vecchi’s lab. Much of the data was calculated on the new TIGER cluster in the Princeton University High-Performance Computing Research Center, and rendered in the PICSciE Visualization Lab.
Photo by Florevel Fusin-Wischusen, Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering

“TIGER represents a significant increase in the amount of core-hours available to campus researchers per year,” added Stone. “This machine has the latest and most advanced Intel processors. Each CPU has 20 different computing cores that can be used simultaneously. So we will be testing and upgrading our application codes to work effectively on this new computer. Having a local computer to do such development work is far more effective than using remote resources and allows us to apply for time on larger machines elsewhere.”

In fields such as climate-change science, researchers are leveraging supercomputing to improve the accuracy and precision of modeling, simulations and predictions. Gabriel Vecchi, professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, said: “The University’s supercomputing capacity is allowing us to run some of the world’s most advanced climate modeling in an academic environment, which is a unique capability. Thanks to the new TIGER supercomputer, Princeton undergraduates and graduate students are able to ask questions about the fundamental controls on the climate system, and how climate change impacts weather events, with very novel methods.”

Curtis Hillegas, associate CIO of research computing, underscored the enthusiasm among all the partners to contribute to the success of this upgrade. “This means a great deal to their own departmental research and to the overall advancement of data science and computational research at the University, and everyone recognizes that.”

The new TIGER, a hybrid system with a combination of Intel Skylake chips and NVIDIA Pascal P100 GPUs, has a theoretical peak speed of 2607 teraFLOPS, or TFLOPS, explained William Wichser, associate director of research computing systems and storage. “A computer running at 1 TFLOP can perform a trillion floating-point operations per second. To put it in perspective, that speed is sometimes explained as the equivalent of doing one calculation a second for the next 31,688.77 years.”

“In our system,” Wichser added, “some of our computer nodes are CPUs only, while others have the GPUs attached, four per node. Typically, there are codes that require one or the other architecture. Our TIGER cluster allows for all of this to happen in one place rather than having different clusters for different tasks.”

To celebrate TIGER, Princeton Research Computing tasked University Creative Director Laurel Masten Cantor with the creation of a new logo, as well as a large “mixed media over lightbox” art piece designed specifically for the soaring atrium of the LEED-certified High-Performance Computing Research Center building.

The challenge, said Cantor, was how to give visual form to the abstract concepts of data and computing. “My solution was to weave several specific scientific visualization images created via supercomputing by Princeton researchers with the graphic identity of the University. Color, texture, typography and tigers all come into play.”


Source: Princeton University

Subscribe to HPCwire's Weekly Update!

Be the most informed person in the room! Stay ahead of the tech trends with industy updates delivered to you every week!

At SC18: AMD Sets Up for Epyc Epoch

November 16, 2018

It’s been a good two weeks, AMD’s Gary Silcott and Andy Parma told me on the last day of SC18 in Dallas at the restaurant where we met to discuss their show news and recent successes. Heck, it’s been a good year. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Dell EMC’s HPC Chief on Strategy and Emerging Processor Diversity

November 16, 2018

Last January Thierry Pellegrino, a long-time Dell/Dell EMC veteran, became vice president of HPC. His tenure comes at a time when the very definition of HPC is blurring with AI writ large (data analytics, machine learnin Read more…

By John Russell

IBM’s AI-HPC Combine for ‘Intelligent Simulation’: Eliminating the Unnecessary 

November 16, 2018

A powerhouse concept in attaining new knowledge is the notion of the “emergent property,” the combination of formerly stovepiped scientific disciplines and exploratory methods to form cross-disciplinary intelligence Read more…

By Doug Black

HPE Extreme Performance Solutions

AI Can Be Scary. But Choosing the Wrong Partners Can Be Mortifying!

As you continue to dive deeper into AI, you will discover it is more than just deep learning. AI is an extremely complex set of machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement, and analytics algorithms with varying compute, storage, memory, and communications needs. Read more…

IBM Accelerated Insights

From Deep Blue to Summit – 30 Years of Supercomputing Innovation

This week, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the SC conference, we are highlighting some of the most significant IBM contributions to supercomputing over the past 30 years. Read more…

How the United States Invests in Supercomputing

November 14, 2018

The CORAL supercomputers Summit and Sierra are now the world's fastest computers and are already contributing to science with early applications. Ahead of SC18, Maciej Chojnowski with ICM at the University of Warsaw discussed the details of the CORAL project with Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov from the U.S. Department of Energy. Read more…

By Maciej Chojnowski

At SC18: AMD Sets Up for Epyc Epoch

November 16, 2018

It’s been a good two weeks, AMD’s Gary Silcott and Andy Parma told me on the last day of SC18 in Dallas at the restaurant where we met to discuss their show news and recent successes. Heck, it’s been a good year. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Dell EMC’s HPC Chief on Strategy and Emerging Processor Diversity

November 16, 2018

Last January Thierry Pellegrino, a long-time Dell/Dell EMC veteran, became vice president of HPC. His tenure comes at a time when the very definition of HPC is Read more…

By John Russell

IBM’s AI-HPC Combine for ‘Intelligent Simulation’: Eliminating the Unnecessary 

November 16, 2018

A powerhouse concept in attaining new knowledge is the notion of the “emergent property,” the combination of formerly stovepiped scientific disciplines and Read more…

By Doug Black

How the United States Invests in Supercomputing

November 14, 2018

The CORAL supercomputers Summit and Sierra are now the world's fastest computers and are already contributing to science with early applications. Ahead of SC18, Maciej Chojnowski with ICM at the University of Warsaw discussed the details of the CORAL project with Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov from the U.S. Department of Energy. Read more…

By Maciej Chojnowski

At SC18: Humanitarianism Amid Boom Times for HPC

November 14, 2018

At SC18 in Dallas, the feeling on the ground is one of forward-looking buoyancy. Like boom times that cycle through the Texas oil fields, the HPC industry is en Read more…

By Doug Black

Nvidia’s Jensen Huang Delivers Vision for the New HPC

November 14, 2018

For nearly two hours on Monday at SC18, Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, presented his expansive view of the future of HPC (and computing in general) as only he can do. Animated. Backstopped by a stream of data charts, product photos, and even a beautiful image of supernovae... Read more…

By John Russell

New Panasas High Performance Storage Straddles Commercial-Traditional HPC

November 13, 2018

High performance storage vendor Panasas has launched a new version of its ActiveStor product line this morning featuring what the company said is the industry’s first plug-and-play, portable parallel file system that delivers up to 75 Gb/s per rack on industry standard hardware combined with “enterprise-grade reliability and manageability.” Read more…

By Doug Black

SC18 Student Cluster Competition – Revealing the Field

November 13, 2018

It’s November again and we’re almost ready for the kick-off of one of the greatest computer sports events in the world – the SC Student Cluster Competitio Read more…

By Dan Olds

Cray Unveils Shasta, Lands NERSC-9 Contract

October 30, 2018

Cray revealed today the details of its next-gen supercomputing architecture, Shasta, selected to be the next flagship system at NERSC. We've known of the code-name "Shasta" since the Argonne slice of the CORAL project was announced in 2015 and although the details of that plan have changed considerably, Cray didn't slow down its timeline for Shasta. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

TACC Wins Next NSF-funded Major Supercomputer

July 30, 2018

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has won the next NSF-funded big supercomputer beating out rivals including the National Center for Supercomputing Ap Read more…

By John Russell

IBM at Hot Chips: What’s Next for Power

August 23, 2018

With processor, memory and networking technologies all racing to fill in for an ailing Moore’s law, the era of the heterogeneous datacenter is well underway, Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Requiem for a Phi: Knights Landing Discontinued

July 25, 2018

On Monday, Intel made public its end of life strategy for the Knights Landing "KNL" Phi product set. The announcement makes official what has already been wide Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

House Passes $1.275B National Quantum Initiative

September 17, 2018

Last Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Quantum Initiative Act (NQIA) intended to accelerate quantum computing research and developm Read more…

By John Russell

CERN Project Sees Orders-of-Magnitude Speedup with AI Approach

August 14, 2018

An award-winning effort at CERN has demonstrated potential to significantly change how the physics based modeling and simulation communities view machine learni Read more…

By Rob Farber

Summit Supercomputer is Already Making its Mark on Science

September 20, 2018

Summit, now the fastest supercomputer in the world, is quickly making its mark in science – five of the six finalists just announced for the prestigious 2018 Read more…

By John Russell

New Deep Learning Algorithm Solves Rubik’s Cube

July 25, 2018

Solving (and attempting to solve) Rubik’s Cube has delighted millions of puzzle lovers since 1974 when the cube was invented by Hungarian sculptor and archite Read more…

By John Russell

Leading Solution Providers

US Leads Supercomputing with #1, #2 Systems & Petascale Arm

November 12, 2018

The 31st Supercomputing Conference (SC) - commemorating 30 years since the first Supercomputing in 1988 - kicked off in Dallas yesterday, taking over the Kay Ba Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

At SC18: AMD Sets Up for Epyc Epoch

November 16, 2018

It’s been a good two weeks, AMD’s Gary Silcott and Andy Parma told me on the last day of SC18 in Dallas at the restaurant where we met to discuss their show news and recent successes. Heck, it’s been a good year. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

TACC’s ‘Frontera’ Supercomputer Expands Horizon for Extreme-Scale Science

August 29, 2018

The National Science Foundation and the Texas Advanced Computing Center announced today that a new system, called Frontera, will overtake Stampede 2 as the fast Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

HPE No. 1, IBM Surges, in ‘Bucking Bronco’ High Performance Server Market

September 27, 2018

Riding healthy U.S. and global economies, strong demand for AI-capable hardware and other tailwind trends, the high performance computing server market jumped 28 percent in the second quarter 2018 to $3.7 billion, up from $2.9 billion for the same period last year, according to industry analyst firm Hyperion Research. Read more…

By Doug Black

Intel Announces Cooper Lake, Advances AI Strategy

August 9, 2018

Intel's chief datacenter exec Navin Shenoy kicked off the company's Data-Centric Innovation Summit Wednesday, the day-long program devoted to Intel's datacenter Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Germany Celebrates Launch of Two Fastest Supercomputers

September 26, 2018

The new high-performance computer SuperMUC-NG at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ) in Garching is the fastest computer in Germany and one of the fastest i Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Houston to Field Massive, ‘Geophysically Configured’ Cloud Supercomputer

October 11, 2018

Based on some news stories out today, one might get the impression that the next system to crack number one on the Top500 would be an industrial oil and gas mon Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Nvidia’s Jensen Huang Delivers Vision for the New HPC

November 14, 2018

For nearly two hours on Monday at SC18, Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, presented his expansive view of the future of HPC (and computing in general) as only he can do. Animated. Backstopped by a stream of data charts, product photos, and even a beautiful image of supernovae... Read more…

By John Russell

  • arrow
  • Click Here for More Headlines
  • arrow
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
Share This