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Overview of Scholar

The Scholar cluster is open to Purdue classroom instructors from any field whose classes include assignments that could make use of supercomputing, from high-end graphics rendering and weather modeling to simulating millions of molecules and exploring masses of data to understand the dynamics of social networks. Scholar is intended for classroom teaching; faculty should use a Community Cluster to accommodate thesis research students.

Instructors may visit the Class Account Request page to request an account for their class.

Scholar Detailed Hardware Specification

All Scholar compute nodes have 20 processor cores, 64 GB RAM, and 56 Gbps Infiniband interconnects.
Sub-Cluster Number of Nodes Processors per Node Cores per Node Memory per Node Interconnect TeraFLOPS
scholar 8 Two 10-Core Intel Xeon-E5 20 64 GB 56 Gbps FDR Infiniband N/A

Scholar nodes run CentOS 7 and use Moab Workload Manager 8 and TORQUE Resource Manager 5 as the portable batch system (PBS) for resource and job management. The application of operating system patches occurs as security needs dictate. All nodes allow for unlimited stack usage, as well as unlimited core dump size (though disk space and server quotas may still be a limiting factor).

On Scholar, ITaP recommends the following set of compiler, math library, and message-passing library for parallel code:

  • Intel
  • MKL
  • Intel MPI

This compiler and these libraries are loaded by default. To load the recommended set again:

$ module load rcac

To verify what you loaded:

$ module list

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