Goals: Techlab is an IT project aiming at improving the efficiency of the computing architecture and making better utilisation of the processors available today.

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Area of expertise Contact
Systems management Aritz Brosa
Resources management Bernd Panzer-Steindel
Project Leader Romain Wartel

Techlab systems are operated as evolving, test systems, on a best effort basis, and must not be used for production work or with sensitive data. Hosts are reinstalled on a regular basis and user data is permanently deleted at the end of each test slot.

Under some conditions and subject to availability, it may be possible to loan a Techlab system for longer periods, for example to pilot a build system on new platforms.

Service issues should be reported to techlab-discuss@cernNOSPAMPLEASE.ch.

Techlab systems

Techlab provides a test environment aimed at improving the efficiency and performance that can be gained from modern hardware and optimised software (applications, compilers, drivers and operating systems).

What Do I Need?

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The systems are made available to each user for a limited period of time and can be reserved via techlab-request@cernNOSPAMPLEASE.ch.

In your request, please specify:

  • The name of your project/experiment
  • A brief description of your project, including why accessing Techlab systems would be beneficial and what you hope to achieve
  • The specifications of the Techlab system(s) you would like to request access to
  • The expected duration of the reservation
  • Your CERN username and SSH public key

At any time, we would really appreciate to hear what you have achieved or learnt using the Techlab systems, how they were useful to you, and what we could do to provide a better environment for you.

Current Techlab systems

Hardware type Specs summary HEP-SPEC06 OS & Kernel Expected availability
iWARP 10Gb 60 nodes with 10 Gb iWARP   SLC 6.4 2.6.32-358.el6 Now
Quad Socket 4 nodes SandyBridge and 4 nodes Westmere-EX 499.38 SLC 6.5 Now
Intel Xeon Phi 4 nodes, each with dual socket 8 cores SandyBridge + Xeon Phi 7120P   SLC 6.5 + Intel MPSS 3.1.2 Now
Nvidia K20X GPU 4 nodes, each with dual socket 8 cores SandyBridge   SLC 6.5 + CUDA 5.5 Prod Release Now
AMD GPU 1 node, dual socket 8 cores SandyBridge + AMD GPU     Now
Intel Atom S1260 45 cartridges 10.43 SLC6 2.6.32-358.18.1.el6.x86_64 gcc 4.4.7 20120313 On demand
Intel Atom C2000 "Avoton" 45 cartridges 53.40 SLC6 2.6.32-358.23.2.el6.x86_64 gcc 4.4.7 20120313 Now
ARM A9 Calxeda SOCs 4 independent ARM A9-based SoCs cluster 13.75 Fedora 20 (3.11.10-301.fc20.armv7hl) Now
ARM 64 X-Gene 1, 8 cores @ 2.4 GHz, 64 GB of RAM 56.52 Ubuntu 14.04, kernel 3.13, gcc 4.9.2 Now
Maxeler Data Flow Engine Galava PCI-e DFE card   Maxeler OS Now
OpenPOWER8 IBM Turismo, 4 physical cores (32 logical) @ 3 GHz, 64 GB of RAM 112.29 Fedora 21, kernel 3.18.7-200.fc21.ppc64le, gcc 4.9.2 Now

Techlab systems aims at running a software stack as close as possible to standard production systems, typically Scientific Linux 6 managed with Puppet.

Depending on feasibility and efforts needed, additional tools, or running Fedora Core or modern Linux Kernels may be explored on a subset of the systems.

More details about the Techlab systems are available here.


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