Campus Cluster Standards


Clusters housed in the Co-Location Facility must adhere to the following hardware standards:

Computer Nodes

  • 1U Rack Mounted Servers
  • Dual AMD Opteron 2214 Dual Core Processors
  • At least 8 GB of RAM per node
  • At least 1 80-160GB Hard Drive
  • High quality hardware that is as green as possible
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • DDR Infiniband interconnect HCA with cable (Optional)
  • IPMI
  • 3 year warranty

Master Node

  • 1U Rack Mounted Server
  • Dual AMD Opteron 2214 Dual Core Processors
  • At least 8 GB of RAM
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 3 year warranty
  • Interconnect (Network)
  • Gigabit Ethernet switch
  • Infiniband fast interconnect switch with embedded subnet manager (Optional)


  • No specific standard but PI must consult with Computing and Communications prior to purchase to ensure that the support staff is prepared.

Scheduling/Administration Software

  • Perceus for cluster OS provisioning
  • Sun Grid Engine is highly recommended but any number of schedulers/resource managers are supported as long as they support interoperability with the UC/UCR Grid.

Operating System

  • CentOS or ScientificLinux

These standards will be reviewed from time to time to ensure that clusters purchased as part of this program will be of the high quality and best performance available.

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