Farber Community Cluster

Farber is UD’s second Community Cluster. It is a distributed-memory, Linux cluster consisting of 190 compute nodes (3,800 cores, 14.9 TB memory). An FDR InfiniBand network fabric supports the Lustre filesystem (approx 256 TB of usable space). Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet networks provide access to additional filesystems and the campus network. The cluster was purchased with a proposed 4 year life, putting the end of its warranty in the July 2018 to September 2018 time period.

This cluster is currently unavailable for purchase—you can request access from an existing stakeholder on Farber.

Farber Timeline

Infrastructure Provided by IT:

All of these come with your purchase of nodes on Farber.

Basic Needs Installation in a secure data center;
racks, floor space, cooling, and uninterruptable power supplies
Networks 10 Gbps uplink to campus network
56 Gbps (FDR) Infiniband network-MPI, Lustre
Storage 288 TB Lustre scratch filesystem
72 TB NFS file server-user home directories, workgroup storage
2 Head (log in) node, with configuration: dual-socket, 10 cores/socket
64 GB memory

Purchased by Stakeholders:

Nodes on Farber are no longer available for purchase.

100 Compute Nodes
Standard Node Architecture dual Intel E5-2670v2 (Ivy Bridge) processors–20 cores per node
64 GB RAM (1866 MHz)
500 GB SATA scratch/swap disk
Memory and/or Coprocessory Options upgrade RAM to 128 or 256 GB
Intel Phi 5110P or nVidia Tesla K40X coprocessors
Options additional storage above the default workgroup storage allocation can be purchased

Naming Farber

David Farber

The Farber cluster has been named in honor of David Farber, UD professor and Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Farber is one of the pioneers who helped develop the U.S. Department of Defense’s ARPANET into the modern Internet. His work on CSNET, a network linking computer science departments across the globe, was a key step between the ARPANET and today’s Internet. Today, Farber’s work focuses on the translation of technology and economics into policy, the impact of multi-terabit communications, and new computer architecture innovations on future Internet protocols and architectures. He was named to the Internet Society’s board of trustees in 2012.