Steele was a compute cluster operated by ITaP and the first system built under Purdue's Community Cluster Program. ITaP installed Steele in May 2008 in an unprecedented single-day installation. It replaced and expanded upon ITaP research resources retired at the same time, including the Hamlet, Lear, and Macbeth clusters. Steele consisted of 852 64-bit, 8-core Dell 1950 and 9 64-bit, 8-core Dell 2950 systems with various combinations of 16-32 GB RAM, 160 GB to 2 TB of disk, and 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GigE) and InfiniBand local to each node.
Steele consisted of five logical sub-clusters, each with a different combination of memory and interconnect. Steele-B nodes had 16 GB RAM and InfiniBand/Gigabit Ethernet; Steele-C, 32 GB RAM and Gigabit Ethernet; Steele-D, 32 GB RAM and InfiniBand/Gigabit Ethernet; Steele-E, 32 GB RAM and Gigabit Ethernet; Steele-Z, 16 GB RAM and Gigabit Ethernet.
|Sub-Cluster||Number of Nodes||Processors per Node||Cores per Node||Memory per Node||Interconnect||Disk|
|Steele-B||180||Two 2.33 GHz Quad-Core Intel E5410||8||16 GB||10 Gbps SDR InfiniBand and 1 GigE||160 GB|
|Steele-C||48||Two 2.33 GHz Quad-Core Intel E5410||8||32 GB||1 GigE||160 GB|
|Steele-D||41||Two 2.33 GHz Quad-Core Intel E5410||8||32 GB||10 Gbps SDR InfiniBand and 1 GigE||160 GB|
|Steele-E||9||Two 3.00 GHz Quad-Core Intel E5450||8||32 GB||1 GigE||2 TB|
|Steele-Z||48||Two 2.33 GHz Quad-Core Intel E5410||8||16 GB||1 GigE||160 GB|
At the time of retirement, Steele nodes ran Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) and used Moab Workload Manager 7 and TORQUE Resource Manager 4 as the portable batch system (PBS) for resource and job management. Steele also ran jobs for BoilerGrid whenever processor cores in it would otherwise be idle.
May 5, 2008 — Nov 30, 2013