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Cairo Cluster

The servers which make-up the Cairo cluster were purchased with a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation. That grant also purchased most of the network interconnect. Apple Incorporated gave us a discount on the servers.



Nodes 16 Apple XServes
Thermal info
Processor Dual G4 Power PC 999 MHz
L2 Cache 256 KB
L3 Cache 2 MB
Front Side Bus Speed 133 MHz
NIC 2 10/100/1000BT (one on-board, one PCI; different chipsets)
Hard Drive IBM Ultra ATA/100 7200 RPM w/ 2MB cache
Disk Space 60 GB
Motherboard Apple Proprietary

Network Fabric

Switches c0-7 use a Netgear GSM712 1000MB Switch
c8-15 use a Netgear GSM712 1000MB Switch
They are linked by dual GBIC/1000BT RJ45 modules configured to use the LACP protocol.

System Software

OS Yellow Dog Linux 3.0 3.2.2-2a (Kernel 2.4.20-8smp)
gcc Version 3.2.2