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Overview of Data Workbench

The Data Workbench is an interactive compute environment for non-batch big data analysis and simulation, and is a part of Purdue's Community Cluster Program. The Data Workbench consists of HP compute nodes with two 8-core Intel Xeon processors (16 cores per node), and 256 GB of memory. All nodes are interconnected with 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The Data Workbench entered production on October 1, 2017.

To purchase access to Data Workbench today, go to the Cluster Access Purchase page. Please subscribe to our Community Cluster Program Mailing List to stay informed on the latest purchasing developments or contact us via email at rcac-cluster-purchase@lists.purdue.edu if you have any questions.

Data Workbench Specifications

The Data Workbench consists of HP Servers with two 8-core Intel E5-2660 CPUs, 256 GB of memory, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet network.
Front-Ends Number of Nodes Processors per Node Cores per Node Memory per Node Retires in
1 8 Two Sandy Bridge EP CPUs @ 2.60GHz 16 256 GB 2022

Data Workbench nodes run CentOS 7 and are intended for interactive work via the Thinlinc remote desktop software, Jupyterhub, or Rstudio Server. Data Workbench provides no batch system.

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). All nodes guarantee even access to CPU and memory resources via Linux cgroups.

On Data Workbench, ITaP recommends the following set of compiler and math libraries:

  • Intel 17.0.1.132
  • MKL

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

Data Workbench Regular Maintenance

Regular planned maintenance on Data Workbench is scheduled for the first Thursday of every month, 8:00am to 5:00pm.


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