HPCC: Taking WC from Local to Cloud Computing

These are exciting times here at Wharton Research Computing! Last semester, we announced the planned upgrade from the now-retired Wharton Grid to the new Wharton High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC). Almost 700 git commits and 14,000 lines of code later, we are in full swing – with two new chassis loaded with lean-and-mean computing goodness.



Some of the HPCC highlights include:


– Two new chassis of Dell PowerEdge blade servers
– 512 of the fastest Intel Xeon E5-2667 v2 @ 3.30GHz CPU cores
– The latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system
– Optimized job scheduling and resource management with Univa Grid Engine
– Over 25TB of NetApp FAS8020 network storage
– 16TB of local scratch storage
– 4TB of active memory
LOTS of refreshed applications
Cloud bursting to Amazon EC2


HPCC offers a solid home base within Wharton to satisfy computationally intensive research, with the added benefit of being a springboard to cloud resources. If you haven’t done so yet,  get your account and have at it yourself (right now)!

As a specialist in Linux and high-performance computing, Burris enjoys enabling faculty within The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania by providing effective research computing resources. Burris has been involved in research computing since 2001. Current projects find Burris working with HPC, big data, cloud computing and grid technologies. His favorite languages are Python and BASH. In his free time, he enjoys bad cinema, video editing, synthesizers and bicycling.