Building a Hive for Queen Bee Randall Walker, Division of Administration
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
.edu & .gov interface • Working together to benefit Louisiana and its citizens • Queen Bee is a recent example • BOR / LONI initiative with support of CIO
Challenges • Space • Funding • Technology • Time • Logistics • Electrical • Cooling
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
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
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
Time Constraints • Top 500 supercomputers announced twice a year • Next announcement was June 2007 • Deadline for submission of benchmark was May 15th
Logistics - Assembly • “Some assembly required” • Find the instructions • Find all the pieces • Insert all the pieces • Verify all the pieces • Repeat 679 times
Top 500 Ranking Announced June 27th at International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany
Media Coverage The Advocate – June 12, 2007
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
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.
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
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
Questions & Answers We will entertain questions about Queen Bee after the last speaker has concluded their remarks.