Mills Community Cluster
The Mills cluster is a distributed-memory system composed of commodity hardware running Scientific Linux 6.1. Quad Data Rate (40 Gbit/s) InfiniBand connects the nodes and a Lustre-based primary storage subsystems with a total usable capacity of approximately 180 TB. Home directories and an archival filesystem are connected to the private 10 gigabit ethernet network. The cluster was purchased with a proposed 5 year life, putting its end-of-warranty in the October 2016 to January 2017 time period.
This cluster is currently unavailable for purchase—you can request access from an existing stakeholder on Mills.
Infrastructure Provided by IT:
All of these come with your purchase of nodes on Mills.
|Basic Needs||Installation in a secure data center;
racks, floor space, cooling, and uninterruptable power supplies
|Networks||10 Gbps uplink to campus network
40 Gbps (QDR) Infiniband network-MPI, Lustre
|Storage||288 TB Lustre scratch file system
72 tB NFS file server-user home directories, workgroup storage
|1 Head (log in) node, with configuration:||dual-socket, 12-cores/socket
8 TB RAID 6 disk
64 GB memory
Purchased by Stakeholders:
Nodes on Mills are no longer available for purchase.
|200+ Compute Nodes|
|Standard Node Architecture||Dual/Quad AMD6234 (Interlagos) processors with 24/48 cores per node
64 GB RAM DDR3 (1866 MHz)
1 TB SATA scratch/swap disk
|Memory Options||standard compute node may have 128 GB or 256 GB RAM|
|Options||1 or 2 TB node local scratch disk|
The Mills cluster has been named in honor of David L. Mills, UD professor emeritus and a pioneer of the early Internet and its precursor networks. Mills was a professor in the University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1986-2008 and continues to teach and lead research sponsored by such agencies as the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and National Science Foundation.