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Focus on Triton¶
Computing and modelling are strategic areas of Aalto University. To support research in these scopes the university is committed to provide proper hardware resources and supporting personnel on long term basis. Currently we provide a system with about 5200 computing cores. The System also contains 27 servers with 2-8 NVIDIA cards for GPU computing and over 2 PB of fast storage capacity suitable for Big Data needs. All parts are connected with a fast Infiniband network to support parallel computing and fast data access. To keep the resources competitive we annually upgrade the system based on the needs of researchers.
All resources are integrated with the national resources allowing easy migration to even larger resources when necessary. These include e.g. University dedicated OpenStack based cloud resources and access to thousands of servers via the national computing grid. Furthermore we provide much preconfigured software and hands on support to make the usage for researchers as effective as possible. On the personnel side we have five permanent Ph.D. level staff to keep the system running and providing teaching and consultation for researchers.
Focus on data¶
Computing and data are strategic areas in Aalto University.
The university provides data management and computing solutions throughtout the data lifecycle. The university provides free storage to researchers of essentially unlimited size, provided that the data is managed well. Data storage includes 2PB of high-performance Lustre filesystem space connected directly to a computing cluster for efficient and secure analysis, and 1PB of reliable, backed-up storage space for longer-term storage. Expert staff, both technical and administrative, provide advice and hands-on support in data storage, computation, FAIR principles, data management planning, as well as computation.
Data management is designed with a focus on security. Recommended storage locations are centrally located for security. Computing nodes and data storage servers are physically located at CSC, Keilaranta 14, Espoo. The server room is certified security level 3 (VAHTI-3) i.e. only authorized personnel with clearance are given access to it and there is continuous camera surveillance. All data is access controlled by passwords and individual-level authorization, and firewalled to university networks.