Overview of Miner

Miner was a compute cluster installed Miner at the Purdue Calumet campus on December 25, 2009 and operated by ITaP. It was the first major research cluster on the Calumet campus and represented a great step forward in Purdue Calumet's ongoing plan to foster more local, cutting-edge research. Miner consisted of 512 2-core Intel Xeon systems with either 4 or 6 GB RAM, 50 GB of disk, and 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GigE) local to each node.


Miner is named in honor of Walter E. Miner, former of Director of Computing at Purdue Calumet. More information about his life and impact on Purdue is available in an ITaP Biography of Walter E. Miner.

Detailed Hardware Specification

Miner had a single sub-cluster with two types of nodes having either 4 GB or 6 GB RAM. All nodes in the cluster featured 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1 GigE).

Sub-Cluster Number of Nodes Processors per Node Cores per Node Memory per Node Interconnect Disk
Miner-A 500 Two 3.2 GHz Single-Core Intel Xeon 2 4 or 6 GB 1 GigE 50 GB

Miner nodes ran Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) and used Portable Batch System Professional 11 (PBSPro 11) as the portable batch system (PBS) for resource and job management. Miner also ran jobs for BoilerGrid whenever processor cores in it would otherwise have been idle.