Joint High Performance Computing Exchange (JHPCE)
In 2007 the Pineda lab and the department of Biostatistics developed what is now known as the Joint High Performance Computing Exchange. The service center provides HPC resources on a fee-for-service basis to investigators on the medical campus, i.e. the School of Public Health (SPH) and the School of Medicine (SOM). The JHPCE uses a highly successful community-based business model that incentivizes investigators to invest and share HPC resources.
Disruptive Storage Strategies
Storage capacity in the JHPCE has at least doubled every single year since its inception in 2007. By 2013 it was evident that sustaining this growth rate with enterprise storage appliances was financially and energetically infeasible. This motivated us to develop our own ZFS-based storage system and more generally, a disruptive storage strategy which we presented at the Spring 2015 CASC meeting. We recently put into production a 1.2PB (usable) Lustre file system. This system is likely the lowest-cost, lowest-power parallel file system on the planet (on a per TB basis). We are currently organizing the Disruptive Storage Workshop with the goal of enabling academic research-computing organizations to make more efficient use of scarce grant funding, through the use of disruptive-storage-strategies.