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 OVERVIEW

  • University of Malaya (UM) is the leading university in Malaysia and has a vision to be an internationally renowned institution of higher learning in research, innovation, publication and teaching. To accomplish the mission to advance knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and humanity, UM is committed to the research in various fields of Science, Engineering and Technology namely Biological Science, Physics Science, Chemistry Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Mechanical and Electric Engineering, Bio-Medical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Bioinformatics, ICT and many other significant fields.

  • Enhance of that, the Centre for Information Technology University of Malaya (PTM) have been able to bring a new Symmetric Multi Processing (SGiAltix4700), Linux Cluster (SGiAltix1300) and Windows Cluster (SGiAltix1300) in service for the University of Malaya High Performance Computing (UMHPC) to its multi-users, multi-purpose computing and storage requirement. The objectives and purpose of the UMHPC are aiming to support research. Teaching and training in the fields of Science, Engineering and Technology by providing leading edge, effective advance technology knowledge transfer and a conducive and excellent environment for the best practice oriented learning in the fields above to the scientists, researchers and students and fully prepare the UM graduates for a challenging carrier in industry
CONFIGURATION

 

Symmetric Multi Processing (SGiAltix4700)

Linux Cluster (SGiAltix1300)

Windows Cluster (SGiAltix1300)

Hybrid High Performance & High Capacity SAN/NAS Storage

Specification


64 x Dual Core Intel Itanium2 64 bits

Processors128GB Memory, 2x300GB SAS 15K RPM, Hardware RAID 1


Head Node

2 x Dual Core Intel Xeon processors 3.0GHz

16GB Memory, 2 x 146GB 15K RPM SAS

4 Compute Nodes

2 x Quad Core Intel Xeon processors 2.66GHz

16GB Memory per node, 4 x 250GB 7200RPM


Head Node

2 x Dual Core Intel Xeon processors 3.0GHz

16GB Memory, 2 x 146GB 15K RPM SAS

4 Compute Nodes

2 x Quad Core Intel Xeon processors 2.66GHz

16GB Memory per node, 4 x 250GB 7200RPM


SAN/NAS Gateway

2x Dual Core Intel Xeon 2.66Ghz

8GB memory, 2 x 73GB 15000 RPM SAS Hard disk

SAN/NAS SATA

Total RAW storage capacity is 12TB (16x750GB)

Applications install on the server



Amber
Gromacs
NWChem
Gaussian
Blast
Espresso

Amber
Gromacs
NWChem
Blast
Espresso

Maya 2009
Mental-Ray3
VRay
Pipeline FXQube
 

SUMMARY OF THE APPLICATIONS :

  • The AMBER software suite provides a set of programs for applying the AMBER forcefields to simulations of biomolecules. It is written in Fortran 90 and C with support for most major Unix-like systems and compilers.

  • The GROMACS project was originally started to construct a dedicated parallel computer system for molecular simulations, based on a ring architecture. The molecular dynamics specific routines were rewritten in the C programming language from the Fortran77-based program GROMOS, which had been developed in the same group. However, many specific elements were added.

  • NWChem is an ab initio computational chemistry software package which also includes quantum chemical and molecular dynamics functionality. It was designed to run on high-performance parallel supercomputers as well as conventional workstation clusters. It aims to be scalable both in its ability to treat large problems efficiently, and in its usage of available parallel computing resources.

  • GAUSSIAN is a computational chemistry software program initially use of Gaussian orbitals to speed up calculations compared to those using Slater-type orbitals, a choice made to improve performance on the limited computing capacities of then-current computer hardware for Hartree-Fock calculations including cutting-edge research in quantum chemistry and other fields.

  • The Berkeley Lazy Abstraction Software Verification Tool (BLAST) is a software model checking tool for C programs. The task addressed by BLAST is the need to check whether software satisfies the behavioural requirements of its associated interfaces. BLAST employs counterexample-driven automatic abstraction refinement to construct an abstract model that is then model-checked for safety properties. The abstraction is constructed on the fly, and only to the requested precision.

  • The Espresso logic minimizer is a computer program using heuristic and specific algorithms for efficiently reducing the complexity of digital electronic gate circuits.

  • Maya (a Sanskrit word for "illusion"), is a high-end 3D computer graphics and 3D modelling software package and used in the film and TV industry, as well as for computer and video games, architectural visualisation and design.

  • Mental Ray is a production-quality rendering application it's supports ray tracing to generate images. Its feature set is comparable to that of PhotoRealistic RenderMan, the RISpec-compliant renderer by Pixar, over which it holds certain advantages and disadvantages. Certain rendering tasks can be much faster in PRman (albeit usually at the expense of true physical accuracy) while others are much faster in mental ray (e.g. computations involving heavy ray tracing or global illumination).

  • V-Ray is a rendering engine that is used as an extension of certain 3D computer graphics software.

  • PipelineFX Qube is the leading render farm management system for film and post production, broadcast graphics, game development and digital media education. Ideal for rendering and build processing alike, Qube has demonstrated time and again that it can improve productivity and increase content quality while optimizing hardware resources.

 

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Last Updated 22th July 2009

 
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