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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

Please see the Farber End-of-Life Plan and Polices document for complete details.

Provided Infrastructure

Provided Infrastructure table
Basic details
  • Installation in a secure data center
  • racks, floor space, cooling, and uninterruptable power supplies
  • 10 Gbps uplink to campus network
  • 56 Gbps (FDR) Infiniband network-MPI, Lustre
  • 288 TB Lustre scratch filesystem
  • 72 TB NFS file server-user
  • home directories
  • workgroup storage
Login nodes
  • dual-socket, 10 cores/socket
  • 64 GB memory

Stakeholder Purchases

Stakeholder Purchases table
Feature Description
Standard architecture
  • dual Intel E5-2670v2 (Ivy Bridge)
  • processors–20 cores per node
  • 64 GB RAM (1866 MHz)
  • 500 GB SATA scratch/swap disk
Memory upgrade upgrade RAM to 128 or 256 GB
Coprocessors Intel Phi 5110P or nVidia Tesla K40X coprocessors
Other options additional storage above the default workgroup storage allocation can be purchased

What's in the name?

Portrait image of David 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.