XCRI engineer Eric Coulter is working with staff at Doane University to complete an implementation of the XSEDE Compatible Basic Cluster stack. This cluster will bring the roster of XCRI-assisted cluster implementations to 8. The newly-implemented cluster at Doane will support the university's students and researchers with a computational resource built with best practices derived from XSEDE administrators, making it an easily manageable resource based the nation's large cyberinfrastructure resources.
XCRI is testing an OpenHPC version of the XSEDE Compatible Basic Cluster (XCBC) stack. This allows for the installation of a new cluster based on OpenHPC packages, with some XSEDE-specific configuration and automation to help make managing the system easier. The toolkit basics and some documentation are available at https://github.com/XSEDE/CRI_XCBC and we are eager to get user responses on the OpenHPC build.
XSEDE Capability and Resource Integration staff assisted in building a new HPC cluster at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. Kevin Brandt, manager of the Networking and Research Computing team at SDSU, reached out to campus bridging staff asking for guidance on upgrading their existing cluster, BigJack, using the tools provided by XSEDE. The new cluster, named Campanile, will eventually integrate the nodes currently used in BigJack, resulting in a final size of 71 nodes, with 3360 TB of total RAM and 840 total cores.