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Purdue's Anvil supercomputer now available for use

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Purdue University's powerful new Anvil supercomputer, funded by the National Science Foundation and built in partnership with Dell and AMD, is now available for use.

Anvil will significantly increase the computing capacity available to users of the NSF’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), in which Purdue has been a partner for the past 10 years.

Researchers may request access to Anvil via the XSEDE allocation process. Startup allocations may be requested at any time by filling out a request form via the XSEDE user portal. Allocation on Anvil for class use and training may be requested via the Education allocation process throughout the year. Large research allocations can be requested four times a year (see time table) and are peer-reviewed quarterly.

Anvil consists of 1,000 nodes with two 64-core third-generation AMD Epyc processors each, and will deliver over 1 billion CPU core hours to XSEDE each year, with a peak performance of 5.3 petaflops. Anvil's nodes are interconnected with 100 Gbps Mellanox HDR InfiniBand. The supercomputer ecosystem also includes 32 large memory nodes, each with 1 TB of RAM, and 16 nodes each with four NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs providing 1.5 PF of single-precision performance to support machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

Research on Anvil will be able to leverage a diverse set of storage technologies, anchored by a 10-plus PB parallel filesystem, boosted with over 3 PB of flash disk. Novel workflows will benefit from block and object storage systems also supported by Anvil.

More information about Anvil is available on Purdue’s Anvil website. Anyone with questions should contact Anvil is funded under NSF award No. 2005632.

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