New ARM High-Performance Computing Cluster Ready for Use

Published: 21 April 2022

This image shows two people examining a high-performance computing cluster.
ARM’s new high-performance computing cluster is available for user projects. Users must request access to this resource. Image is courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility has a new high-performance computing cluster available for users’ big-data needs.

Based at the ARM Data Center, the new Cumulus replaces the Stratus cluster and the original Cumulus cluster.

The new cluster has much more processing power, enabling it to do the work of ARM’s previous two clusters. The new Cumulus has 16,384 processing cores. This is about four times as many cores as the original Cumulus and 15 times as many as Stratus.

Researchers can use the new cluster for ARM-approved science projects. To use the cluster, researchers must first submit a request for access. Note that any request for ARM computational resources must include a clear use of ARM observational data. Requests will be reviewed quarterly.

Another use of Cumulus is for the development and operations of the Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) ARM Symbiotic Simulation and Observation (LASSO) activity. LASSO packages LES simulations, relevant ARM observations, skill scores, and diagnostics for researchers and modelers. The LASSO team is working on a beta release of deep convection data from a 2018–2019 ARM field campaign in Argentina.

The cluster will also support other computationally intensive activities by the ARM facility, including radar data processing, large-scale reprocessing, creation of science data products, and data quality analysis.

Learn more about ARM’s high-performance computing resources.

Editor’s note (July 13, 2022): Oak Ridge National Laboratory published an article about ARM’s new Cumulus cluster. Check out the story on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Leadership Computing Facility website.

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ARM is a DOE Office of Science user facility operated by nine DOE national laboratories, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory.