COSMA is comprised of COSMA5, COSMA6 and COSMA7, along with storage and support hardware (including tape drives for archival). COSMA also includes a number of other facilities including the DINE BlueField cluster.
- /cosma5 - 2.4PB
- /cosma6 - 2.5PB
- /cosma7 - 3.1PB
- /snap7 - 440TB for fast temporary storage (e.g. checkpointing)
- /cosma/home - 37TB for user homespace (10GB each)
- /cosma/local - 37TB for program/module storage
Users have access to /cosma/home/PROJECT/USERNAME, and one or more of /cosmaN/data/PROJECT/USERNAME.
COSMA7 contains the /snap7/ fast I/O storage space, which offers an achievable 180GB/s bandwidth (187GB/s theoretical). At installation, this was the fastest storage in Europe.
To make the most of alloted time on COSMA, researchers often pause their jobs e.g. every 12-24 hours, and create checkpoints which capture all the data in memory. Using the new COSMA7 storage, these checkpoints are 18 times faster than on COSMA6. Therefore, if a checkpoint for a 5 month simulation takes three hours on COSMA6, made every 12 hours, researchers will lose 1.8 million core hours (13% of available time) on a 4096 core job. On COSMA7, it will take only 10 minutes to create a checkpoint, and so only 0.2% of available time is lost.
COSMA6-7 network map
- COSMA network map (last modified: 6 May 2020)