While just about everyone on campus recognizes the spring semesters to be focused around Makin’ Music, there are a lot of other events that happen too. One big event is Research Day on April 6. We really want to demo HPC on Research Day, as well as have some results from some of the modeling applications and benchmarks to display.
Our main application for HPC is computational chemistry including the modeling of molecular structures, bonding and bond activation energies. We are currently researching which programs will suit our needs best. The CUDA Parallel Computing Architecture will be used to take advantage of the full processing power of the cluster. Most of the computational chemistry programs available are designed for CUDA, so this will be a major performance advantage.
We are also investigating a benchmarking tool known as High Performance LINPACK that we would like to run on HPC to get an estimate of how powerful it really is. It will be interesting to see how HPC stacks up against other systems.
High Performance Computing Research Group
Caleb Hutson, Ethan Kershaw and Zachary Rose