Computing resources

The IT resources in the Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique have evolved considerably in recent years. This reflects the inherent increase in calculation demands of the laboratory and the renewal of the IT team, and follows particularly the awards of numerous European and national endowments including the ERC “Thermos”, Labex “Dynamo”, and several ANR grants.

Indeed, since 2011, the Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique has acquired 3 high performance computing clusters (HPCCs):

  • Hades (2011-2012): HPCC composed of bi Intel Xeon X5650 (Nehalem platform) nodes totalising ~1.2TB of RAM (4GB per core) and up to ~3.7 CPU TFLOPS

  • Lucifer (2013-2014): HPCC composed of bi AMD Opteron 6380 (Abu Dhabi platform) nodes totalising 896GB of RAM (1GB per core) and up to ~9.3 CPU TFLOPS

  • Baal (2015 till now): HPCC composed of both bi-Intel Xeon E5-2697v2 (Ivy Bridge platform) nodes for post-processing nodes and bi-Intel Xeon E5-2650v3 (Ivy Bridge platform also) and bi-GPU (NVidia GeForce 980Ti) computation nodes. This HPCC currently totals 360GB of RAM (3.75GB per core) and can reach ~2.1 CPU TFLOPS and be accelerated by ~34.6 GPU TFLOPS.

These computing resources are equipped with corresponding storage volumes appropriate to the required calculation intensity:

  • 312TB raw of computing storage volume

  • 288TB raw of archive volume

  • ~95TB of temporary computing space

Since our financial allocations are limited, and for better project control, we have fully designed, installed and configured these resources.

Our server room, located on the 3rd floor of the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, has been completely redesigned to accommodate these HPCCs, our lab information system, and related services for other labs in the Institute.

The following schema provides a short introduction to our IT infrastructure and services:

For more information about our computing resources (for both info and use guide), you can access the wiki here