This page describes the clusters, the server, and the networking.
There are five operational clusters: Danish, EDHPC, Beetle, Quark, and Jedi:
The JEDI cluster, our latest addition to the IHPCL, is named after various characters from the Star Wars saga. It is located in the Systems Lab in CCB 207.
The BEETLE cluster is named after members of the Coleoptera family. Beetle is a 40 node cluster in CCB 312.
The QUARK cluster is named after elementary particles. Quark is a 4 node cluster in CCB 312.
NOTE: The quark cluster will be decomissioned Nov. 30, 2001.
The DANISH cluster, our earliest cluster, is named after a set of islands off the coast of Denmark. Due to its age, it has been taken out of general use and is now only used for experimental distributed OS research. It is located in CCB 312.
The EDHPC cluster was created from the other piece of the danish cluster. Its mission is to provide educational access to distributed and multi-processor computing resources. Current uses include network simulation and kernel-level distributed OS projects. It is located in CCB 312.
The server ccil.cc.gatech.edu is provided as a development environment for the clusters. All compilation, editing, mail reading, and other generic interactive activities should take place there. Its hardware is as follows:
|Processors:||Dual Pentium III Xeon 850 MHz|
|Storage:||35 GB local storage|
|OS:||RedHat linux 7.1|
For additional project work space, we also have a network storage system (NAS) with a Gigabit Ethernet connection and 100GB of FiberChannel disk drives. It is expandable up to a 4 Gb connection and over 1TB of disks.
The beetle and danish clusters are linked via 100Mbps Fast
Ethernet into a Cisco 2980 switch, with a gigabit uplink to the
main systems' lab switch. The jedi cluster is directly linked to the
core systems' lab switch, a Cisco 6500, which has dual gigabit uplinks
to the college backbone. The college backbone then connects to an
OC12c ATM (622 Mb/s) link to the campus ATM backbone (and hence to
vBNS or I2).