This week I am here for a few days at George Washington University at the Dell XL user conference. GWU graciously hosted the fall event and provided a tour of their facilities.


The Colonial One HPC initiative is a joint venture between GW’s Division of Information Technology, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


The cluster showcases performance, density, efficiency.  It’s modular architecture will support growth
allowing enhancement and expansion.  Using common hardware, the cluster accommodates a variety of hardware
configurations and accelerators.


The cluster features 1408 cpu cores and 159,744 CUDA cores in Dell C8220 and C8220x nodes interconnected with Mellanox 56 Gb/s FDR ConnectX-3 network.  A very impressive collection of technology and one of the few that has (about 33% of the system) this many GPU enabled nodes.