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Part of the 78 node single core cluster

Part of the 78 node single core cluster. Click on image to view larger image.

The Nuclear Engineering Division has three Beowulf clusters as its advanced computational Multiple-Instruction Multiple-Data platform for performing computations of engineering mechanics, fluid dynamics, Monte Carlo simulations and engineering analysis. The three clusters are comprised of one 78 single core node Ethernet, a 46 multicore (368 cores) Infiniband, as well as a 5 node multicore/large memory (80 cores/128GB per node) Infiniband cluster.

The front-end servers have both Intel Xeon and Opteron processors and one front end node is a large memory system with 198 GB of RAM for CFD Meshing. The compute nodes have a variation by cluster of both Intel Xeon processors running as well as Opteron.

The two multicore clusters have their file systems provided by a new high performance fileserver from PANASAS (PAS 8).

The operating system's primarily used on the cluster are CentOS 5.


PGI Workstation 3.1 (F77, F90, HPF, C++, C), Intel Fortran Pro, Absoft F90 Pro, MPI.



The following applications have been ported to the cluster:

  • CFX,
  • IMPACT21,
  • Monte Carlo,
  • Star-CD,
  • Star-CCM+,
  • Matlab,
  • Fluent,
  • Abaqus and
  • Transims.

Part of the 78 node single core cluster is shown in the figure above.

Last Modified: Fri, May 4, 2012 3:59 PM


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Roger N. Blomquist
Information Technology Section
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