Research in the Outdoor StreamLab

Driven by the exponential growth of computational power, scientific computing is now radically transforming our research philosophy by enabling the simulation of many complex flow phenomena across a broad range of scales in natural and engineered systems with an unprecedented degree of realism. Coupled with our state-of-art measurement techniques and unique experimental facilities, our simulation-based expertise has uniquely positioned the laboratory to make far-reaching advances in the major societal problems of our time in energy, the environment and human health. 

SAFL has two High Performance Computing (HPC) Beowulf-style computer clusters with execution and compute nodes connected by low-latency/high-throughput local interconnects (InfiniBand), including:

  • Aegean: a 2,496 core 2.6 GHz AMD Interlagos system with 2GB RAM/core 
  • Paros: a 1,092 core 3.06 GHz Intel X5675 cluster with 4GB RAM/core

We also have 240 cores of Paros-class interactive nodes provisioned via Openstack for interactive use. The storage associated with the clusters is a 262TB Lustre-based storage system with distributed metadata servers (MDS) and object storage servers (OSS), all connected via the IB network in order to handle high I/O needs of the programs. A secondary 400TB storage system based on Serial Attached SCSI (SAS-2) disks with redundant controllers serves the long-term storage and day-to-day needs of the cluster

Examples of projects using our high performance computing includes ongoing simulation-based research aimed at understanding how sediments are transported in waterways; restoring deltas, rivers, and streams; optimizing wind and hydrokinetic turbine layouts; and improving the design of life-saving medical devices.


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