Lifetime Service
  • Installed: 05/05/2008
  • Retired: 11/30/2013

  • Hours: 252,515,401
  • Jobs: 32,427,088

  • Users: 1,575
  • Groups: 117
  • Top Groups: NCN, Merkle Group

Overview of Steele

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.

Detailed Hardware Specification

Sub-Cluster Number of Nodes Processors per Node Cores per Node Memory per Node Interconnect Disk
-B 180 Two 2.33 GHz Quad-Core Intel E5410 8 16 GB 10 Gbps SDR InfiniBand and 1 GigE 160 GB
-C 48 Two 2.33 GHz Quad-Core Intel E5410 8 32 GB 1 GigE 160 GB
-D 41 Two 2.33 GHz Quad-Core Intel E5410 8 32 GB 10 Gbps SDR InfiniBand and 1 GigE 160 GB
-E 9 Two 3.00 GHz Quad-Core Intel E5450 8 32 GB 1 GigE 2 TB
-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.


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