Birdnest

    Facility: Equipment

    • Location

      Denmark

    Description

    BIRDNEST is a heterogeneous computer cluster consisting of the following:

    1 x birdnest login-server having 12 physical cores (2 x Intel Xeon E5-2643V3) and 192 GB memory.

    1 x goldcrest administration server having 12 physical cores (2 x Intel Xeon E5-2643V3), 192 GB memory 12 x 6 TB Hitachi disks and Intel hardware RAID and battery backup.

    5 x eagle computational servers each having 24 physical cores (2 x Intel Xeon E5-2697V2), 384 GB memory and local SSD storage (250 GB + 800 GB).

    1 x hawk1 computational server having 40 physical cores (2 x Intel Xeon E7-4850), 384 GB memory and local SSD storage.

    1 x vulture1 computational server having 12 physical cores (2 x Intel Xeon X5670), 192 GB memory and local storage (300 GB).

    1 x phoenix1 computational server having 8 physical cores (2 x Intel Xeon X5670), 48 GB memory, local storage (300 GB) and 3 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX580 (3 GB).

    1 x phoenix2 computational server having 8 physical cores (2 x Intel Xeon X5670), 48 GB memory, local storage (300 GB) and 3 x NVIDIA Tesla C2070 (6 GB).

    1 x kestrel computational server having 12 physical cores (2 x Intel Xeon E5-2643V2), 384 GB memory, local SSD storage (250 GB + 800 GB).

    The backbone consists of 1 Gb/s Ethernet and 20 Gb/s InfiniBand.

    The main computational resource is CPU based with 8-40 physical core computers – far most further have high capacity memory and fast SSD local storage. Two servers include acceleration cards with 3 x NVIDIA GeForce and 3 x NVIDIA Tesla. All servers are tied together via InfiniBand network. One server is dedicated for administration and this also holds 12 state of the art HGST disks each of 6 TB capacity. One server is dedicated for login purposes meaning that all computational resources are protected by this server. AAU-ITS hosts the servers and a maintenance/support/performance plan is being followed to ensure robust operation.

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    Ethernet
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