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Construction and Launch Blog – Colonial One

Thursday, August 9th, 2018 – Wrapping up Deployment

Today marks the last day the Dell and DDN teams will be on site meaning the end of deployment. After a long day the team was able to complete: Lustre configuration Verified and checked both GPFS and Luster are good to go Have the motherboard was replaced on an...

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 – Configuration & Testing

Today we were dealing with a power outage in the data center due to bad weather the night before. But we were able to: Replace failed DIMM and reran single node Linpack. Completed running Linpack (performance tests) on GPU nodes. Completed cpu Linpack on three rack...

Friday, August 3rd, 2018 – More Tests

Today we worked to balance the power load on the the data center power distribution units (PDU). Load tests were run to check the PDU's limits. Until PUD power limits can be fixed,  smaller scale Linpack (performance) tests have have to be completed for validation...

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 – Performance Tests

Today we ran into a bit of a snag...the new cluster is more powerful than what we originally thought! We were running performance tests and it doesn't appear that there was enough power to run the cluster at full power. We unfortunately learned this the hard way when...

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 – Firmware Upgrades

Today we were able to: completed firmware updates, completed re-cabling, completed DDN storage firmware update and we have DDN storage and network configuration is in progress. One of the DDN team members configures the storage for the new Colonial One. Dell team...

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 – Storage and Firmware

To prevent damage to the disks, the disks were shipped separately. Today the storage enclosures for Lustre and NFS was populated totaling 4 petabytes!   The team also managed to: Partially update firmware Configure all of the switches Rack the DDN controllers...

Monday, July 30th, 2018 – Power On

Today is the first day of set up and configuration with the Dell and DDN storage team coming on site to wire and plug everything in. Today we completed 1 Gb ethernet, 10GbE and 40GbE rack to rack cabling. We powered on 12 racks (have to wait for the the storage folks...