The new SeaWulf cluster is now up and running having just been installed this week in the Computing Center at Stony Brook University. This cluster was purchased as a result of a $2M Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award was for $1.4M from NSF with a $300K match being applied internally and a $300K match being awarded from NYSTAR to purchase and operate, for at least four years, a highly-reconfigurable computer system. This highly-extensible system will seed an institutional approach to research computing that will provide great cost savings across SBU and will increase overall quality and functionality of the research cyber infrastructure. The system will deliver a roughly 50-fold increase in capability over the aged original SeaWulf cluster operated by the Applied Mathematics & Statistics Department.
The professional system administration staff are fully integrated with the campus Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and have experience with operating all key technology elements (clusters, Torque+Maui, GPFS, virtualized systems, IB, MPI, etc.). The vendor will provide substantial training for both staff and users in the first year of operations, and the cluster will be used for research as well as provide deep training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Some of the system's key features are:
To watch a short clip of the new SeaWulf cluster being brought online for the first time, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCI_P89g2Jc.