Intel® HPC Orchestrator HPC Software Stack Helps Users Get More From Their HPC Investment

Supporting world-class research across multiple disciplines is no easy task for today’s high performance computing (HPC) centers. As more and more researchers come to rely on HPC to break new ground, the range of workloads is increasing. Few organizations have the luxury of being able to deploy multiple systems to address different workload requirements, so a modern cluster must be able to handle compute-intensive number-crunching, data-intensive analytics, and everything in between.

Plymouth University is a case in point. The University High Performance Computer Centre (HPCC) recently deployed a 1,600-core cluster based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v4 family, Intel® Omni-Path Fabric (Intel® OP Fabric), and a high-performance Lustre* storage solution. To simplify configuration and better address the application requirements of multiple research teams, the cluster was also configured with Intel® HPC Orchestrator, a pre-integrated system software stack. According to Dr. Antonio Rago, theoretical physicist and academic lead for the HPCC, “With Intel HPC Orchestrator, we don’t lose time configuring the system. It’s as though we’re scaling up a single computer into a large cluster, with no additional overhead.”