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.
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:
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.
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: