On the 17th of May, 2016, Dr. Ali Shihab Sabbir, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, unveiled IUB’s first ever High Performance Computer (HPC) to the faculty and students. This beast of a machine houses not one, but four NVIDIA K80 GPU accelerators having more than 8000 (2496 X 4) cores and 256 GB of ECC memory capable of more than 11 Teraflops of single-precision computation. The unit has been custom built by the with dual Intel Xeon processors and redundant power supplies.
The HPC can be seen in action at its new home, the Center for Cognitive Skill Enhancement (CCSE) facility ( http://ccse.secs.iub.edu.bd/ ), an ultra-modern IT research lab at the School of Engineering and Computer Science, built under the supervision of Dr. Sabbir as part of a HEQEP initiative sub-project # 3359, “A Center for Cognitive Skill Enhancement” with a focus on training students logic through game development. Increasingly, high performance computing has become a necessity across disciplines, especially in the domain of research. All kinds of scientific, engineering, analytics and enterprise software, from Machine Learning to Geophysics to Finance, can benefit from the raw processing power. Tasks that often take days, weeks or even months to complete on an average PC can take a few hours on a HPC. The arrival of the machine has been greatly appreciated by the faculty and students of IUB, who can now give their research work a massive adrenaline boost, courtesy of IUB’s very own supercomputer. The machine has already created a buzz among the research and technical community.