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Tandy Supercomputing Center

The Tandy Supercomputing Center (TSC) provides dedicated and shared cyberinfrastructure (CI) resources, expertise, and education to students, faculty, and staff at its members, currently Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Tulsa Community College, The University of Tulsa, Oral Roberts University and Northeastern State University. TSC not only collaborates directly with researchers to apply high performance computing (HPC) and other CI resources to their specific investigations, but also educates faculty, staff, and especially students in the use of that cyberinfrastructure.

Organization and Model

The Tandy Supercomputing Center is an initiative of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute (OII), a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation based in Tulsa, OK. TSC’s mission is to provide cyberinfrastructure resources including high performance computing at low cost to Tulsa area researchers; provide CI support to local emerging growth companies; and to expand the technical capacity of the area by facilitating education at all levels, from vocational to university to continuing education.

TSC is organized in a membership model based upon cluster node purchase and subsequent at-cost annual operating fees. TSC membership is open to higher education institutions, research laboratories, businesses, government, and other Tulsa area entities. Members join TSC by purchasing an allocation of one or more compute nodes. Although the nodes are centrally purchased, managed, housed, and owned by OII/TSC, these purchases are funded by the members to whom they are allocated. The majority of the infrastructure, including the space, power and cooling equipment, and networking equipment are funded by OII through private philanthropic contributions including a lead gift by the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation, and through a completed Economic Development Administration grant (EDA #080104715, “Tulsa Community Supercomputer,” $800,000).

OSU's two Tulsa campuses, OU-Tulsa, TU, TCC, ORU and NSU govern TSC through the Tulsa Research Partners Executive Council, the research consortium overseeing TSC, and they have at least these dedicated computing resources in the Tandy Community Supercomputer:

  • OSU in Tulsa: 25 nodes (8.6 TFLOP/s, 3.2 TB RAM), internally funded
  • OU-Tulsa: 10 nodes (3.4 TFLOP/s, 1.28 TB RAM), donor funded
  • TU: 35 nodes (12.04 TFLOP/s, 4.5 TB RAM), internally funded (some allocated to individual faculty)
  • TCC: 2 nodes (0.7 TFLOP/s, 256 GB RAM), internally funded
  • ORU: 1 node (0.34 TFLOP/s, 128 GB RAM), internally funded
  • NSU: 3 nodes (1.02 TFLOP/s, 384 GB RAM), internally funded

High Performance Computing at TSC

TSC provides dedicated computing resources to its members on its tightly coupled, 34.4 TFLOP/s Linux cluster, the Tandy Community Supercomputer (“Tandy”). Tandy has an aggregate peak speed of 34.4 TFLOP/s; 1600 total cores; 12,800 GB of RAM, and approximately 80 TB (114 TB raw) of globally accessible high performance disk. The interconnect is non-blocking (fat tree) 56 Gb/sec FDR InfiniBand.

Tandy consists of 100 compute nodes (expandable to 324 with no additional infrastructure), each of which has 128 GB of RAM, dual Intel Xeon E5-2680 8-core 2.7 GHz CPUs (16 cores per node). The storage is provided by two shelves of Panasas ActiveStor 11, which support up to 950 MB/s of write and 1150 MB/s of read throughput per shelf.

OneOklahoma CyberInfrastructure Initiative

The Tandy Supercomputing Center is a co-lead institution of the OneOklahoma Cyberinfrastructure Initiative (OneOCII). OneOCII provides participating institutions, including all TSC academic members, across the state with many forms of centrally-owned cyberinfrastructure, especially for research and education. CI resources to which TSC facilitates access include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • High performance computing
    • 346 TFLOP/s tightly coupled cluster “Boomer” at OU in Norman, OK, primarily internally funded
    • 94.6 TFLOP/s tightly coupled cluster “Cowboy” at OSU in Stillwater, OK, externally funded via NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant, “Acquisition of a High Performance Compute Cluster for Multidisciplinary Research” (OCI-1126330, 9/1/11-8/31/14, $908,812, PI Brunson)
    • 34.4 TFLOP/s tightly coupled cluster “Tandy Community Supercomputer” at TSC in Tulsa, OK (described above).
    • 26.72 TFLOP/s tightly coupled cluster "Lucille" at Langston University in Langston, OK, externally funded via NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant,  "Acquisition of a High Performance Computing Cluster for Research and Education" (OCI-1229107, 2/1/13-1/31/16, $250,000, PIs Snow and  Fondjo Fotou)
    • 32 TFLOP/s tightly coupled cluster "Buddy" at UCO in Edmond, OK, externally funded via NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant, "Acquisition of a High Performance Computing Cluster for Research at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution" (OCI-1429702, 1/1/15-12/31/17, $304,745, PI s Lemley and Qian)
  • High throughput computing:
    • The OU Condor Pool at OU in Norman, OK, consists of up to 795 desktop PCs across the OU campus for the benefit of loosely coupled jobs (e.g. Monte Carlo). The aggregate peak speed of the Condor pool is over 15 TFLOP/s, and the aggregate RAM is 1590 GB.
  • Large scale research data archiving:
    • Oklahoma PetaStore at OU in Norman, OK, an extensible petascale storage instrument combining the capacity for multiple petabytes each of disk and tape, available for the one-time cost of media (purchase of disk drives and tape cartridges via OU IT) with no recurring costs until in or around 2017. PetaStore was funded under an NSF MRI grant (“Acquisition of Extensible Petascale Storage for Data Intensive Research,” OCI-1039829, $792,925, 10/01/10 - 09/30/13, PI Neeman). 
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