Conte User Guide


Overview of Conte
    Overview of Conte

Biography of Samuel D. Conte
    Overview of Samuel D. Conte


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.

Portrait of Samuel Conte

Samuel D. Conte

Samuel D. Conte's influence on computer science extends far beyond the Purdue campus, where in 1962 he helped to found and then led the nation's first degree-awarding computer science program.

"Samuel Conte was at the leading edge of one of the most important scientific developments of the 20th century," then Purdue president Martin Jischke said on the occasion of Professor Conte's death in 2002. "He was one of the first to recognize the role the computer could play in teaching and research, as well as in business. His vision and leadership have had a profound impact on Purdue and our world."

Professor Conte was an early proponent of computer science as just that—a science. At the time, using a computer was generally viewed as merely a matter of programming, a vocational skill lacking in deep scientific thought and not something requiring a degree.

In addition to teaching and heading the Purdue Computer Science Department for 17 years, Professor Conte served as director of the Purdue Computing Center, a forerunner to ITaP, from 1962-68. He was founder and co-director of the Software Engineering Research Center, established by the National Science Foundation as a joint effort between Purdue and the University of Florida to create a software engineering partnership between industries and universities.

His research focused on computational mathematics and software engineering and appeared in more than 50 scientific journals and six books. He co-wrote two textbooks that became standards in the field, "Elementary Numerical Analysis" and "Software Engineering Metrics and Models."

Before coming to Purdue to lead the University's newly created Computer Science Department, Professor Conte managed a TRW Systems research group from 1956-62 where he was involved in ballistic missile and satellite research. He was an associate professor of mathematics at Wayne State University in Michigan from 1946-56.