Cheaha

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Cheaha is a shared high-performance computing (HPC) resource sponsored by UAB Information Technology. Cheaha is available to members of the UAB community to support research activities in need of enhanced computational ability.

Cheaha includes a dedicated pool of local compute resources and can provide seamless access to remote compute resources through the use of grid computing technologies. The local compute pool contains two resource banks based on the x86_64 64-bit architecture. 192 3.0Ghz cores and 120 1.6Ghz cores combine to provide nearly 3TFlops of dedicated computing power. Use of the local compute pool is controlled with scheduling policies. Use of the remote compute pool is contingent upon allocations for individual users on specific resources. Incorporation of remote compute resources enables users to significantly increase their total compute capacity.

Cheaha is located in the UAB Shared Computing facility in BEC. Resource design and development is lead by UAB IT Infrastructure Services in open collaboration with community members whose efforts are coordinated though a dedicated project site. Operational support is provided by the School of Engineering's cluster support group.

Cheaha is named in honor of Cheaha Mountain, the highest peak in the state of Alabama. Cheaha's summit offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape (Cheaha photo-stream on Flikr).

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