Fionn (fionn.ichec.ie) is a heterogenous machine made up of four components: Thin, Hybrid, Fat and Service.
Fionn quadruples the computing resources previously available to scientists in Ireland (and this is only considering the Thin partition). It also provides access to the latest technology from Intel, Ivy Bridge processors + Xeon Phi coprocessors, and NVIDIA, Tesla accelerators, to researchers across Ireland.
A wide range of new research and development (R&D) will be enabled on Fionn. These potentially include an increased resolution in weather and climate forecasting, larger and longer simulations for research in areas such as medical device development, nanotechnology, genomics, drug design, etc. The machine will also be capable of running heterogeneous workflows that require large compute power and large amounts of memory either during the pre- or post-processing phases of researchers work.
The name, Fionn, stems from the Irish word Fionnachtana which means the action of discovery. This name was chosen from a competition run for primary and secondary students in Ireland and aptly describes the work carried out on the machine.
A large number of scientific software packages, libraries, compilers and other tools are installed and maintained on Fionn by ICHEC. A full listing of these is available on the software page.
The following queues are available on Fionn:
|Job Size (cores)||Maximum Walltime||Maximum Available Cores|
|DevQ||24 - 96||30 minutes||192|
|ShortQ||24 - 1032||24 hours||6912|
|ProdQ||24 - 1032||72 hours||6912|
Introductory documentation for Fionn is provided in our documentation section.
Some photos of the Fionn system:
Fionn was purchased from SGI after a competitive dialogue process and was co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) at a level of €3.7M and industry funds at a total cost of €450k. The naming competition was funded by an outreach project from SFI Discover Science and Engineering.