Lifetime Service
  • Installed: 07/30/2013
  • Retired: 08/01/2018

Overview of Conte

Conte was built through a partnership with HP and Intel in June 2013, and was the largest of Purdue's flagship community clusters. Conte consisted of HP compute nodes with two 8-core Intel Xeon-E5 processors (16 cores per node) and 64 GB of memory. Each node was also equipped with two 60-core Xeon Phi coprocessors. All nodes had 40 Gbps FDR10 Infiniband connections and a 5-year warranty. Conte was decommissioned on August 1, 2018.

Conte Namesake

Conte is named in honor of Samuel D. Conte, who helped establish the nation's first computer science program at Purdue in 1962 and served as department head for 17 years. More information about his life and impact on Purdue is available in an ITaP Biography of Conte.

Conte Specifications

Most Conte nodes consisted of identical hardware. All Conte nodes had 16 processor cores, 64 GB RAM, and 40 Gbps Infiniband interconnects. Conte nodes were also each equipped with two 60-core Xeon Phi Coprocessors that could be used to further accelerate work tailored to these.
Sub-Cluster Number of Nodes Processors per Node Cores per Node Memory per Node Retired in
A 580 Two 8-Core Intel Xeon-E5 + Two 60-Core Xeon Phi 16 64 GB 2018

At the time of retirement, Conte nodes ran Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL6) and used Moab Workload Manager 8 and TORQUE Resource Manager 5 as the portable batch system (PBS) for resource and job management.