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Henry Neeman <[log in to unmask]>
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Henry Neeman <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 4 Aug 2022 14:23:23 -0500
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OSCER users,


Are you interested in using GPU cards for number crunching,
especially for Machine Learning calculations?

We've finally received most of the NVIDIA "Ampere" A100
top-of-the-line GPU cards (and their servers) that we ordered
in January, with a few more such servers still pending.

We hope to have at least some of these in production in
the coming several weeks.

These GPU cards will be available to all OSCER users,
at no charge (sponsored by OU's Chief Information Officer).


Initially, there'll be a total of 12 general-use A100 cards,
as follows:

* 3 servers with dual A100 cards @ 80 GB GPU memory each,
with the two A100 cards in each such server connected to
each other via "NVlink" at 600 GB/sec;

* 3 servers with dual A100 cards @ 40 GB GPU RAM each
(no NVlink).

And, as previously announced, we've received an NSF Campus
Cyberinfrastructure Compute grant of $400K for GPU cards
(and their servers).

For those funds, we're waiting until NVIDIA's new generation,
"Hopper" (specifically H100) is released, hopefully in
late 2022/early 2023.

The grant-funded H100 cards will likewise be free for
OSCER users (sponsored by the NSF).

We expect all these GPU cards to remain in production for
not only the lifetime of our new supercomputer, Sooner,
but also its successor, Boomer, so probably through 2029
or so.

And, we'll continue to add future generation GPU cards as well.


Henry Neeman ([log in to unmask])
Director, OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER)
Associate Professor, Gallogly College of Engineering
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Computer Science
OU Information Technology
The University of Oklahoma

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