UVA introduces a new CISE Research Infrastructure to Support Hardware Acceleration Research and Education (UVA-SHARE).
UVA-SHARE: A new CISE Research Infrastructure at the University of Virginia for hardware accelerators research and education.
Today’s growing need for data analytics is driving rapid development in specialized computer processor technologies – called hardware accelerators. In addition to known accelerators such as the GPUs and FPGAs, exciting new architectures are offering capabilities not previously possible.
To support the computer and information science and engineering (CISE) research community in understanding and making the most of these technologies, the University of Virginia (UVA) is launching a CISE Community Research Infrastructure to Support Hardware Acceleration Research and Education (UVA-SHARE). This cyberinfrastructure enables system researchers access to an environment of diverse accelerators and tools to perform accelerator research, and provide application researchers the necessary resources to develop and test solutions that accelerate research computing applications.
UVA-SHARE offers researchers a suite of clusters comprising a diverse representation of the industry’s latest accelerators. Including variations of GPU’s, FPGA’s, Xeon Phi’s, and other novel architectures (we aim to continually grow the list of available hardware). Accelerators are assembled in nodes with diverse combinations to enable software and compiler development, performance analysis and comparisons, as well as cross-platforms and cross-nodes application scaling.
UVA-SHARE users also have access to software tools, libraries, and technical support to make progress with research as soon as possible. Special requests (e.g., bare-metal access, chip power measurement) are also possible and considered on a case-by-case basis. Access and use of this cyberinfrastructure by early-career researchers is especially encouraged.
With support from the National Science Foundation, academic research access and use of UVA-SHARE is free of charge. Access priorities are generally first-come, first-served and subjected to the CRI Director’s discretion.
UVA-SHARE is set up and ready for use by the community.
Request access HERE.