New Systems at Four National Sites


The four new sites to host the new systems are:  

  • University of VictoriaUniversity of Victoria: The ARBUTUS system is an OpenStack cloud, with emphasis on hosting virtual machines and other cloud workloads. The system, provided by Lenovo, has 6,944 CPU cores across 248 nodes, each with on-node storage and 10Gb networking. It accesses 1.6PB of persistent storage, primarily via Ceph in a triple-redundant configuration. The system became operational in September 2016, as an expansion to the Compute Canada “Cloud West” system.
  • Simon Fraser UniversitySimon Fraser University: The CEDAR system is a heterogeneous cluster, suitable for a variety of workloads. The system will be liquid cooled, and will be installed in the newly renovated SFU Water Tower data centre. It is expected to include over 20,000 CPU cores. Node types are anticipated to include “base” and “large” compute nodes with 128GB and 256GB of memory, as well as bigmem nodes with 512GB, 1.5TB and 3TB of memory. GPUs will be included in approximately 15% of nodes. When deployed in early 2017 this will be one of Canada’s most powerful research computing systems.
  • University of WaterlooUniversity of Waterloo: The GRAHAM system will have a similar design to CEDAR, and it is anticipated that CEDAR and GRAHAM together will provide features for workload portability and resiliency. Both will have a small OpenStack partition, and both include local storage on nodes. Anticipated specifications for GRAHAM include over 20,000 CPU cores across a diverse set of node types, including GPU nodes. The system is anticipated for deployment in early 2017.
  • University of TorontoUniversity of Toronto: The NIAGARA system will be deployed by approximately mid-2017, anticipated to have some 66,000 CPU cores. This will be a balanced, tightly coupled high performance computing resource, designed mainly for large parallel workloads.

For more information on these sites and the entire technology refresh program, please refer to Compute Canada’s November 2016 Technology Briefing.