Klaus Advanced Computing Building

The Klaus Advanced Computing Building (KACB), dedicated in 2006, is located in the heart of Georgia Tech campus and houses some of the most advanced computing labs and innovative educational technology in the world. The 414,000 square-foot building consists of some 70 laboratories, 8 computer class labs, 5 large classrooms and a 200-seat auditorium. The building also has a substantial number of environmental and sustainable features with the goal of achieving the prestigious LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Klaus Advanced Computing BuildingEnvironmentally friendly features include creative use of the 6-acre urban campus site to preserve over 50 percent of the site as green space, a storm water collection system to provide water for irrigation, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, and extensive use of recyclable materials KACB is home to the College's School of Computer Science, the School of Computational Science and Engineering, 3 Research Centers (GTISC, CERCS and ARC), over 20 CoC Research Labs spanning multiple research groups including High Performance Computing, Information Security, Software Engineering, Databases, Systems, Theory, Computer Architecture, Embedded Systems and Robotics. KACB houses state of the art Conference Facilities that accommodate several of the College's special events, lectures and meetings. The building includes inviting collaboration spaces, study lounges, conference rooms and graduate student offices, all with ample power and networking ports. All conference rooms are equipped with projection technology, table networking and power. The building's advanced infrastructure provides 1 Gigabit networking to all ports with a multi-Gigabit uplink to the campus network as well as high-density 802.11g wireless networking support.

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An abundance of research facilities are housed in the College's Schools and Research Centers located in KACB:

The School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) is located in KACB and supports substantial computational facilities related to both education and research.  The School is affiliated with several research centers, initiatives and labs including the Institute for Data and High Performance Computing (IDH), the Keeneland project, the FODAVA research initiative, and the specialized High Performance Computing (HPC) Laboratory.  Through industrial partnerships, the HPC Lab operates or supports several state-of-the-art parallel computers and future technologies, which are readily available for teaching and research and provide a diverse collection of resources for algorithmic exploration:  

  • Ion Cluster:  an 8-node, 64-core, GPU-accelerated Torque/Maui cluster consisting of Appro 1424x Twin-Servers (each with 2-socket, Intel X5550 4-core, 24GB RAM, QDR Infiniband, and 2 NVIDIA C1060 cards).
  • Bugs Cluster:  a 6-node, 48-core cluster of Dell PowerEdge 1950 and 2950 servers (each with 2-socket, 4-core, Intel E5420 processors, 16GB RAM) configured with Hadoop.
  • Convey FPGA servers:  The HPC Lab also utilizes two Convey HC-1 hybrid-core servers featuring field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) coupled with multi-core Intel Xeon processors.  
  • Topaz Cluster:  a 36-node, 288-core cluster of TeamHPC servers (each with 2-socket, 4-core processors).
  • Mirasol: an large-memory Intel Server System QSSC-SR4 with four E7-8870 10-core Intel Xeon processors and 256 GiB of RAM, the highest-ranked single-node system on the Graph500 benchmark.

Additional CSE high performance computing resources include:

  • Keeneland Initial Delivery (ID) system (installed in 2010):  a 120-node, 240 CPU and 360 GPU cluster, composed of HP Proliant SL-390 (Ariston) servers with Intel Westmere 6-core CPUs, NVIDIA 6GB Fermi GPUs, and a Qlogic QDR InfiniBand interconnect.
  • Cray Supercomputers:  Through multiple projects and collaborations, the HPC Lab has access to massively multithreaded Cray XMT-series supercomputers.  The Cray XMT series is similar to the Cray XT series supercomputers, but replaces the commodity x86 processors with unique latency tolerant processors that allow for fine-grained parallelism through 128 hardware thread contexts per processor.  These processors scale memory bandwidth across multiple terabytes of RAM.  The HPC Lab currently uses a Cray XMT located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with 128 processors and 1 TB of RAM as well as a next-generation Cray XMT2 at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center with 64 processors and 2 TB of RAM.
  • System Biology Center – Myriad Cluster: a 10,000-core Penguin Computing cluster with a 100 TFLOP (teraflop) theoretical maximum performance, ranking within the top 100 supercomputers in the world.
  • FoRCE Research Computing Environment: a Georgia Tech community resource that includes a mixture of compute nodes, some with attached GPUs, some with large memory capacity and some with local storage (55 total compute nodes, 1,592 total CPU cores).

The Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) is located in KACB and is comprised of the Information Security Lab and the Voice Over IP (VOIP) Lab. GTISC operates a substantial number of network, computational server and storage resources to support its research activities in the area information security.

The Center for Experimental Research in Computer Science (CERCS), is located in KACB and is comprised of the Interactive High-Performance Computing Lab (IHPCL), a University-wide project funded by a grant to the College from Intel, a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the InfoSphere Lab. These serve as a focus for interdisciplinary research and instruction involving high-performance computer systems. These facilities are linked by a dedicated high-performance backbone utilizing Gigabit Ethernet, and include:

  • Whitestar Cluster: an 840-node, 3360-core IBM BladeCenter LS20 cluster with 2-socket, dual-core AMD Opteron 270, 4GB RAM each, configured with a Cloud stack.
  • Jedi Cluster: a 50-node, 400-core, Penguin Computing Relion 1702 cluster with 2-socket, quad-core, 24GB RAM each, configured with a Cloud stack.
  • Maquis Cluster: a 20-node, 160-core IBM BladeCenter H Linux cluster with 2 socket x Core2 quad processors.
  • Vogue Cluster: an 11-node, 88-core Dell PowerEdge R610 and Penguin Computing Relion 1700 with 2 socket x Core2 quad processors.
  • Rohan Cluster: a 53-node, 106-core Dell PowerEdge 1850 Linux cluster with dual Pentium4 Xeon EMT64 processers using Infiniband interconnects and Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Sith Cluster: a 11-node Linux cluster with dual Itanium II processors and Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Awing Cluster: a 14-node, 28-core IBM BladeServer Linux cluster with dual Pentium4 Xeon processors utilizing Myrinet and FastEthernet.
  • Polynesia/Samoa Cluster: a 20-node, 180-core Dell PowerEdge 1950 Linux cluster with dual quad-core systems and Gigabit Ethernet
  • Netlab Cluster: a 62-node, 124-core Sun Linux cluster with dual Pentium4 Xeon processors.
  • Loki Cluster: a 12-node, 24-core Dell PowerEdge 1850 Linux cluster with dual Pentium4 Xeon processors.
  • Conference Room with Access Grid node connectivity providing collaborative visualization and interaction with researchers worldwide over Internet2
  • 3 large laboratories comprised of Intel-based workstations
  • Poster Printer (HP DesignJet 800)

The Computer Architecture research group is located in KACB and conducts research on all aspects of future microprocessor technology including performance, power, multi-threading, chip-multiprocessing, security, programmability, reliability, interaction with compilers and software, and the impact of future technologies.

  • Pasta Cluster: a 25-node, 200-core Dell PowerEdge 1950 cluster with dual Core2 quad processors and 16GB RAM and a 2-node, 16-core Dell PowerEdge R410 cluster with dual Core2 quad processors, 24GB RAM.
  • Sushi Cluster: a 14-node, 112-core Intel/Dell Linux cluster with dualsocket, dual-core and quad-core processors.