SPRACE Cluster


The SPRACE cluster provides 15 KHEP-SPEC06 of processing power and 1312 TB of storage and is current contributing for the processing, storage and analysis of the data produced by the CMS experiment. It is a  T2 site of the CMS collaboration at the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) infrastructure.

The cluster is installed in the data center of the Center for Scientific Computing (NCC - Núcleo de Computação Científica) and is current composed by 5 head nodes, 15 storage servers and 96 worker nodes. Network equipment are 4 switches 48x1Gbps, 1 switch 20x10Gbps, and 1 core switch with +48x1Gbps and 12x10Gbps ports and 1 switch with 32x40Gbps ports. A detailed description of the equipment can be found here.

The SPRACE equipment has been bought at different times, according to the evolution of the project, that started in 2003. It was funded by two different FAPESP Thematic Projects, the first one from 2003 to 2008, when the equipment was bought in three different times, denominated phases I (2004), II (2005) and III (2006), respectively. The second FAPESP Thematic Projects, from 2008 to 2013, allowed the aquisition of equipment in two different times, phases IV (2010) and V (2012), respectively. Another source of funding was the CNPq 2010 Universal that allowed the aquisition of equipment in 2012.