Computer Clusters

There are two kinds of computer clusters. The first is a site where a user sits in front of the computing device and directly interact with the hardware. The second is a group of computer ‘cycle-servers’ that are accessed remotely either directly through ssh, sftp, or, indirectly, via a service such as condor. Condor is described in greater detail elsewhere in this guide.

Physical Clusters

ITS provides one site where ECE students may sit at the computing device. This is in┬áHamerschlag Hall 1305 and consists of 20 Dell Optiplex 760 workstations. Each unit is equipped with a 24″ monitor.

The machines found in HH1305 are:

[apollo, ares, artemis, cronus, demeter, erida, erinyes, eris, fates, gorgons, graces, hades, hebe, helios, hermes, hestia, leto, nemesis, oceanus, themis]

Remote Access Clusters

There are several remote access compute clusters located in the ITS Cyert Hall machine room, some of which are publicly accessible and some of which are only accessible from within the CMU network.

  • The primary private site is known as the ECE compute cluster with 32 machines. All faculty, grad & undergrad students automatically receive access to these machines. Machine names ece000 through ece031. These are a mix of Dell R610s and Dell R210s. The R610s have 16 cores and 16GB of RAM while the R210s have 8 cores and 8GB of RAM. The names of the 32 machines are:
example: ece000.campus.ece.cmu.local
  • General purpose connection server – not for computationally intensive work
  • Computation systems – A small number of computation servers are available via the public Internet.
[ece-gui-000 to ece-gui-007]

Various research groups or principle investigators have their own compute clusters. Access to those clusters is only available with the consent of the party who owns the cluster.