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Construction and Launch Blog – Colonial X

MathWorks/Matlab Seminar

The Colonial One team would like to thank the people from MathWorks who came and gave us a great 2 & 1/2 hour seminar on optimizing Matlab code, porting code to C, and how to use Matlab in a distributed environment. Links to the presentation materials are here!...

First Colonial One User’s Lunch

The Colonial One Team kicked off the first Colonial One User's Lunch, 11-Oct, and was a great success! The purpose of this monthly series of meetings is to consolidate a community of users around Colonial One and give them a chance to interact and have face to face...

Tuesday June 25, 2013 – Colonial One Launch Event!

Today is the launch event for the Colonial One cluster!  We're very excited to have Ali Eskandarian, Dean of the College of Professional Studies and theoretical physicist, host this event featuring comments from Vice President Leo Chalupa, Chief Information Officer...

Monday May 13, 2013 – Cluster Configuration

Today, the project team started digging into the cluster's configuration.  First up was the cluster's primary storage system. Primary Storage System Configuration The cluster will utilize the Dell NSS storage solution for user home directories over NFS providing.  The...

Thursday May 9, 2013 – Hardware Deployment Wrap-Up

With the majority of physical deployment complete, Thursday was the final push to tie up loose ends and finalize the network cable runs.  The last remaining task was running the optical InfiniBand cables between the compute racks and the InfiniBand network core.  The...

Wednesday May 8, 2013 – Cabling and Labeling

With all of the hardware physically installed, the team turned its focus to installing the Ethernet and InfiniBand cables for each cluster node.  Each node is connected to a 1Gbps Ethernet Management Network for administrative functions such as operating system...

Monday, May 6, 2013 – Hardware Rack and Stack

On Monday morning, the GW and Dell project teams began the physical deployment of the Colonial One cluster hardware.  In addition, Dell dispatched a team of 4 from their COSIP group (customer on-site inspection) to monitor and maintain quality of the installation. The...