Keeneland Group

College of Computing, Georgia Tech



The Keeneland project is a five-year, $12 million Track 2D grant awarded by the NSF for the deployment of an experimental high performance system that will be delivered at Oak Ridge National Lab, TN, in two phases. The first phase, delivered in October 2010, provides an experimental platform called the Keeneland Initial Delivery System (KIDS).It is composed of an HP SL-390 (Ariston) cluster with Intel Westmere hex-core CPUs, NVIDIA 6GB Fermi GPUs, and a Qlogic QDR InfiniBand interconnect. The system has 120 nodes with 240 CPUs and 360 GPUs. The second phase will provide a full-scale production system, based on next-generation GPUs and cluster technology. The Keeneland Full Scale (FS) system will be on a trajectory of the ID specification: Linux cluster based on commodity (e.g., AMD, Intel) next-generation processors, a HPC (e.g., Infiniband) interconnect, and accelerators which are next-generation GPUs (e.g., NVIDIA). The FS system will be a total number of GPUs in excess of 500. This system will be added to the TeraGrid (TG) ( TeraGrid ) resource allocation base to allow a broad set of users to take advantage of this novel architecture.

The Keeneland project is a joint effort of several institutions:


This page is dedicated to document our efforts toward developing system software that will enable effective use of HPC platforms composed of tightly coupled heterogeneous manycore systems with specialized graphics accelerators, specifically, the Keeneland system.

At present, we explore the virtualization-based approach to enable efficient execution of applications with components (kernels) targeted for running on GPUs. More details can be found in the GViM paper.

The up-to-date information regarding the Keeneland system can be found at .

There are several projects related to the Keeneland project. They can be explored at .