Synthesis Center (B-145) SDSC, UC San Diego campus
What this workshop was about
iDASH co-hosted with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) a two-day workshop at SDSC that used hands-on examples to introduce the main architectural features of Dash, a prototype of Gordon, SDSC’s latest supercomputer. The first day of the workshop focused on accessing, compiling, and running on the Dash compute and vSMP nodes. In addition, examples using flash memory were covered. On the second day, the focus was on the vSMP node usage guidelines, memory coherency mechanisms, and profiling tools. Gordon was slated for installation in mid-2011 and became an integral part of a network of next-generation high-performance computers, which are available to the research community through an open-access national grid. Among other features, this unique and innovative supercomputer employs a vast amount of flash memory to help speed solutions now hindered by slower spinning disk technology. When fully configured and deployed, Gordon features more than 200 teraflops of total compute power (one teraflop or TF equals a trillion calculations per second), 64 terabytes (TB) of DRAM (digital random access memory), 256 TB of flash memory, and four petabytes of disk storage (one petabyte or PB equals one quadrillion bytes of data). Gordon rates among the top 100 most powerful supercomputers in the world. For more detailed information on Gordon, please click here.