Research IT provides the Savio computing cluster for use by campus researchers and their collaborators. Savio is a Linux cluster with high-speed, low-latency networking and a high-speed parallel filesystem for high performance computing (HPC).
Key features of Savio include:
High-speed, low-latency networking.
High-speed parallel filesystems.
Pools of a variety of types of compute nodes: standard, high-memory, GPU, and nodes allocated per compute core.
Parallel processing across cores, across nodes, and across multiple GPUs.
Dedicated permanent personal and group disk space (backed up) and extensive temporary scratch space (not backed up) for active use.
Research IT staff provide sysadmin and consulting support and training for users of the system.
Campus researchers can use Savio via several mechanisms:
Faculty Computing Allowances (FCAs) provide free access for principal investigators and their group or their collaborators.
Each Berkeley faculty member is eligible for 300,000 service units (scalable core-hours) per year.
The allowance can be written into start-up and retention letters and used as institutional cost-share on grant proposals.
The Condo cluster and Condo storage services provide a framework for principal investigators to buy compute nodes and large amounts of disk storage for dedicated use by their groups and collaborators.
The supporting infrastructure and admin support is provided by campus at no charge (and this can be considered institutional cost-share on grant proposals).
Condo owners can "burst" beyond their hardware to access additional resources.
Funds for condo buy-in can be committed by deans or chairs during faculty recruitment and retention.
Instructional Computing Allowances (ICAs) provide free access for students in classes.