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, however you can request access from an existing stakeholder on Mills.

Mills timeline

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

Naming Mills


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.