Al-salam

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Al-Salam is the working name for the Earlham Computer Science Department's upcoming cluster computer.

At the moment Al-Salam exists only as a $40,000 grant and a growing list of tentative specifications:

Contents

Latest Overarching Questions

Parts List

  1. Nodes - case, motherboard(s), power supply, CPU, RAM, GPGPU cards
  2. Switch - managed, cut-through
  3. Power distribution - rack-mount PDUs

Tentative Specifications

Budget

Nodes

Specialty Nodes

Educationally, we could expect to get significant use out of GPGPUs, but the production use is limited. Increasing the variance of the architecture landscape would be a bonus to education.

Network

Disk

OS

Quick breakdown

Nodes

ION #61116 ION #61164 SM #174536 Newegg #1 Newegg #2
CPU 72 2.4GHz Intel E5530 80 2.4GHz Intel E5530 80 2.4GHz Intel E5530 128 2.4GHz Intel E5530 112 2.4GHz Intel E5530
RAM 108GB PC3-10600 120GB PC3-10600 120GB DDR3-1333 192GB DDR3-1333 168GB DDR3-1333
GPU 2 Tesla C1060 2 Tesla C1060 2 Tesla C1060 None 4 Tesla C1060
Local disk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shared chassis No Yes Yes No No
Remote mgmt No No IPMI No IPMI on GPU nodes
Size (just nodes) 9U 6U 6U 16U 12U
Price $33,173.20 $33,054.30 $30,078.00 $32,910.56 $34,696.78

Power distribution

PDU1220 PDUMH20 AP9563 AP7801
Vendor TrippLite TrippLite APC APC
Size 1U 1U 1U 1U
Capabilities Dumb Metered Dumb Metered
Input power 20A, 1x NEMA 5-20P 20A, 1x NEMA L5-20P w/ NEMA 5-20P adapter 20A, 1x NEMA 5-20P 20A, 1x NEMA 5-20P
Output power 13x NEMA 5-20R 12x NEMA 5-20R 10x NEMA 5-20R 8x NEMA 5-20R
Price $195 $230 $120 $380

ION Computer Systems Quotation #61116

ION Computer Systems Quotation #61164

Silicon Mechanics Quote #174536

Newegg Quote #1

Newegg Quote #2

Working list #1

Working list #2

Working list #3

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