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Building the Biggest Big Ten Supercomputer in a Day: The Nuts and Bolts from Purdue University and Foundry Networks

Bill Ryan  (Foundry Networks)
Dwight McKay  (Purdue University)
Exhibitor Forum Session
Building Supercomputers
Wednesday,  02:00PM - 02:30PM
Room 12A/12B
A group of 25 scientists and engineers at Purdue University joined together in Purdue's community cluster program in order to build one very big Super Computer that would allow Purdue researchers take the next step in discovery. They challenged themselves to build it in a day; they did it in half a day. The key to success is careful system design, planning and execution. It took pulling together 812 Dell PowerEdge 1950 dual quad-core servers and Foundry Network's BigIron RX-16 high performance switch with Purdue brains and brawn to deliver on this challenging schedule. The simplified cabling using Foundry’s Mini-RJ21 GbE modules and the commodity high performance servers from Dell allowed a crew of 120 volunteers to rapidly assemble the system without extensive training. The new HPCC, capable of peak performance of 60 Teraflops, will be named "Steele," after John Steele, the former director of the Purdue University Computing Center.
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