Do You Need Discovery?

Discovery is a supercomputer located at New Mexico State University, available to researchers around NMSU for free. Discovery has a high level of computing performance compared to a general-purpose computer. It can be used for a wide range of computationally intensive tasks in various fields. One can use it for mathematical calculations, fluid dynamics calculations, pattern matching, graph analysis, data collection, nuclear energy research, astrophysics simulations, bioinformatics, and more. Discovery runs a Linux-based operating system, like most supercomputers today.

Discovery cluster is a collection of computers, or nodes, that communicate using InfiniBand, making it an ideal location to scale computational analysis from your personal computer. The high-performance computing (HPC) cluster is free to use for current students, faculty, and staff for both research, and teaching. Discovery is equipped with Lenovo nx360, SR650, SR670, SR850, Dell R440, and R740 hardware, and it runs Slurm scheduling manager.

Discovery can perform more operations than your personal computer, and much faster. It currently contains 1536 cores working together, with over 1 Petabyte of storage, and it will continue to grow with new nodes being added. Aside from being able to get research results faster, there is help available right on campus. The High-Performance Computing (HPC) team can help you with all "Discovery" related tasks, including adapting your code, job submission, and how to use the scheduler.

However, if you need more resources than Discovery has, you can try using XSEDE. To learn more, you can contact go to https://www.xsede.org/ or contact NMSU Campus Champions.

Local Desktop

Discovery

XSEDE

# of cores

4

1000s

1000s

Memory (GB)

8

100s

1000s

Storage (TB)

1

100s

1000s

Time Limit

none

medium-long

short-medium

Help

limited

local

limited

Discovery’s Hardware Configuration

The team maintains one HPC cluster currently and the below table shows the hardware configuration of the HPC cluster.

HPC Cluster Configuration Values

OS

CentOS 7

Cores

1536

Scheduler

Slurm 21.08.4

Interconnect

InfiniBand HDR (100Gbps)

Total Nodes

54(38 CPU nodes, 16 GPU nodes)