Escluster - 2008-2012

The UEA ESCluster was the first HPC ‘bright cluster' in Europe that used Dell PowerEdge Servers featuring Intel Quad Core processor technology.  A bright cluster is a pre-configured, high-performance computing cluster.

Funded by HEFCE SRIF3, the Dell and ClusterVision installation began in the 1st quarter of 2008, coming online to our users in the 3rd quarter.

Hardware - The cluster was a Dell and ClusterVision installation. Access was via a login node, and jobs were distributed to the slave nodes using SGE 6.1.

Compute Nodes

  • 56 Intel Harpertown dual quad core 2.66GHz, with 16Gb RAM
  • 48 Intel Harpertown dual quad core 2.66GHz, with 8Gb RAM, with low latency 10GBS Infiniband interconnect (in two 24 node sets) for parallel jobs
  • 4 Intel Harpertown dual quad core 2.66GHz, with 32Gb RAM
  • 1 Dell R900 Intel Harpertown quad quad core 2.4GHz, with 128Gb RAM
  • The cluster ran on Scientific Linux 5, with ClusterVision OS 3 and Sun Grid Engine.

 

GPFS Storage Cluster

  • 4 Dell PowerEdge 1950 Intel Harpertown dual quad core 2.0GHz 8Gb RAM – Storage nodes (two scratch attached, two SAN attached)
  • 2 HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Intel dual quad core 2.0GHz 16GB RAM – SAN attached nodes
  • 2 HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Intel dual dual core 2.0GHz 16GB RAM – SAN attached nodes
  • SVC attached IBM Enterprise SAN storage capacity approx 14TB
  • Dell MD3000/MD1000 Storage array capacity approx 20TB
  • HSM Tape archive capacity 30TB