GPU Compute Node Performance Improvments

We currently have eight GPU nodes in the HPC, and we expect that number to grow over time.  Previously, these nodes had a 1Gbps copper network connection to the GPFS storage system.

We have recently purchased and are in the process of installing brand-new 10Gbps fibre network cards.  This means a potential 10x increase in throughput and filesystem I/O for jobs running on these nodes.

There are several GPU nodes in our genacc_q partition that all RCC users have access to.  Additionally, we will reach out to those of you who purchased GPU nodes in order to schedule a convenient time/date for the upgrade.  Each upgrade should take about three hours.

If you want to try running GPU jobs on the HPC, we have a handy guide to help get you started!  We support CUDA, TensorFlow, and many other GPU software applications.