Illinois: NCSA expands Radiant Supercomputer

May 09, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s (UIUC) National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)  this week announced it has installed additional graphics processing units (GPUs) to its private cloud Radiant system. The University acquired the GPU with a  funding commitment of $50 million from UIUC and the University of Illinois System.

“We’re thrilled to support the early success of the Illinois Compute Research Notebooks program with these additional GPUs on Radiant. We’ve seen a lot of demand and very positive feedback from ICRN users thus far, and we want to take advantage of that momentum by expanding its availability and strengthening its integration with other computing systems,” said Bill Gropp, NCSA director.

“Demand for GPU resources is well documented across almost all research domains and many projects have requested more GPU resources be made available in Radiant,” said NCSA technical program manager Jim Glasgow. “Illinois Computes is a major stakeholder in Radiant and will now be able to offer allocations on the new GPUs through the program.”