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Building a Hive for Queen Bee

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  1. Building a Hive for Queen Bee Randall Walker, Division of Administration

  2. One Piece of Bigger Picture • Fellow speakers will discuss some of the applications and benefits of the LONI supercomputers • Preparations for Queen Bee just one part

  3. .edu & .gov interface • Working together to benefit Louisiana and its citizens • Queen Bee is a recent example • BOR / LONI initiative with support of CIO

  4. Challenges • Space • Funding • Technology • Time • Logistics • Electrical • Cooling

  5. Physical Space • Existing print room was best location • Two large printers and associated equipment • Multiple departments with server racks installed already • 300-pound floor tiles not sufficient for all of proposed equipment

  6. Funding • Infrastructure costs not projected • Change to existing contract required funding commitment • Change orders require Legislative approval • Regents and DOA split cost of 1st change order • Six change orders to date

  7. Technology • Queen Bee is a Red Hat Linux cluster • 680 Dell 1950 dual quad-core 2.33 GHz processors • 50.7 Teraflops (50,700 billion operations per second) • 240 terabytes storage

  8. Time Constraints • Top 500 supercomputers announced twice a year • Next announcement was June 2007 • Deadline for submission of benchmark was May 15th

  9. Logistics - Packaging

  10. Logistics - Receiving

  11. Logistics - Storing

  12. Logistics - Assembly • “Some assembly required” • Find the instructions • Find all the pieces • Insert all the pieces • Verify all the pieces • Repeat 679 times

  13. Logistics - Disposal

  14. Electrical – 600KW UPS

  15. Electrical - Generator

  16. Cooling

  17. First External 90 ton chiller

  18. Rented Chiller

  19. Top 500 Ranking Announced June 27th at International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany

  20. Media Coverage The Advocate – June 12, 2007

  21. Group Effort APC Board of Regents Cisco Computing Services Corporate Mechanical Dell Facility Planning J & J Electric LONI Management & Staff Nesbit & Associates Office of Information Technology State Buildings State Purchasing

  22. Queen Bee Hero Award • Chuck Denstorff • Russ Gordon • David Lemoine • James Morrison • Danny Nesbit Without them, the Queen Bee project would have not been successful.

  23. Queen Bee Today

  24. Ongoing Activities • Definition of roles for monitoring and maintenance of infrastructure • Fiber connection from ISB to LONI optical network • Installation of 3rd generator to provide N+1 redundancy to both LONI and ISB

  25. Our long-term commitment • Our goal is to provide a home for Queen Bee where she can be happy and productive for years to come

  26. Questions & Answers We will entertain questions about Queen Bee after the last speaker has concluded their remarks.