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MSI is augmenting the capabilities of Itasca with an addition of 51 Intel SandyBridge nodes. The expansion includes 39 nodes with 16 cores per node, 64 GB of memory, and a 146 GB hard drive. There are also eight nodes with 128 GB of memory and 8 nodes with 256 GB of memory. The higher-memory nodes will also include larger local disk drives of 600 GB each. The larger memory and large local disk nodes target users with greater demands of per-core of node memory and also users who need large local scratch drives. All new nodes will use Itasca's Infiniband fabric and high-performance Lustre storage system.
Users wishing to take advantage of these nodes will need to have a current Service Unit (SU) allocation or obtain an SU allocation from MSI. Please see the MSI Allocations page for more information on requesting SU allocations.