Gearshift is the High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster for the UMCG’s human subject data. This cluster allows you to analyse data sets containing large and/or complex data and to perform calculations that cannot be achieved using a regular computer, in compliance with the rules and regulations regarding human subject data. The Gearshift cluster works with a scheduler system, which means that calculation jobs are automatically scheduled and performed when it is your turn and capacity has become available.
The key features of the Gearshift cluster
- Linux OS: CentOS 7.x with Spacewalk for package distribution and management;
- Fully virtualized on an OpenStack cloud;
- Deployment of HPC cluster with Ansible playbooks, under version control using a Git repository: league of robots;
- Job scheduling: Slurm Workload Manager;
- Account management: local administrator users and groups are provided with Ansible playbooks;
- Regular users and groups use a dedicated Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) for this cluster and are provided with either Ansible playbook or information from federated Algorithmic Aspects in Information and Management (AAIM);
- Module system: Lmod;
- Deployment of software, including bioinformatics software, using EasyBuild.
Gearshift consists of various types of servers and storage systems, some of which can be directly accessed by users.
The costs you will have to pay for using the data storage service and the Gearshift HPC cluster are based on the amount of data you store. If you wish to use the data storage service, you will have to pay for the permanent storage (prm) option. Automatic tape backups are included in the price. If you wish to make HPC calculations, you will have to pay for the temporary storage (tmp) option as well, which includes use of the computing facilities. For both the permanent and the temporary storage services, the fee is €250 per terabyte (TB) of data storage per year. Therefore, if you wish to use both the storage and computing facilities, you will have to pay €500 per TB per year. The minimum amount required is 1 TB for 1 year.
Beginner courses Human Subject Data
The Genomics Coordination Center (GCC)
UMCG and UG researchers and/or research initiated by UMCG/UG researchers