The Shared Research Computing Services Pilot (ShaRCS) is part of a collaborative effort of University of California Campus Information Officers (CIOs) and Vice Chancellors for Research (VCRs) to realize the benefits of creating a world-class UC Research Cyberinfrastructure (CI) and learn how it can effectively operate at a UC-wide level. Managed through the UC Office of the President (UCOP), the ten UC Universities and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have embarked on this pilot project to provide a high-performance shared research computing resource for researchers across the UC system.
This project is part of a UC-wide process to strategically invest in IT initiatives that will further advance the University's academic mission and enhance its competitiveness.
A significant and growing base of researchers now requires computational and data storage resources that exceed what can be provided and managed through individual grants and locally provided resources. Rising energy costs along with cost of facilities, power, cooling, space, and staffing associated with running multiple distributed computer cluster systems throughout campuses has put UC at a competitive disadvantage relative to peer institutions that are making significant investments in institutional computational and data storage resources. Shared research cyber infrastructure allows individual investments to be aggregated for greater research capability and leveraged across the entire UC system. Shared cyber-infrastructure enables UC researchers to compete more effectively for grants involving team-based, interdisciplinary research while reducing UC's utility costs and reclaiming valuable research space.
The next Oversight Board Meeting is on 4/27. The focus of this meeting is on creating a sustainable funding and business model for this shared cluster.
After testing the system with early test users, the system is now ready for the remaining users for this pilot. Both LBNL and SDSC teams are working on engaging all pilot users.
The production systems are up and we are in the process of engaging a handful of principal investigators as early test users on the system.
Mako cluster will not be accessible to users from Thursday, April 15, 8:00 am PDT to Tuesday, April 20, 5:00 pm PDT.
The ShaRCS cluster Thresher will be unavailable on Monday, April 12, and Tuesday, April 13, to complete the replacement of the InfiniBand switch.
Over the next few weeks, we will be working to replace the InfiniBand switch in the ShaRCS cluster Thresher. During this time, there will be some unavoidable periods of reduced capability and downtime.