HPC New Cluster Delivery

Pictures from the delivery and installation of the new cluster

The bulk of the hardware for the DLX 2012 cluster was delivered on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Then the real fun began!

Tuesday, 9/4/2012

The theme for Tuesday was "just get it in the Data Center!"

Off the truck
Off the truck
Sealed for protection
Sealed for protection
Working hard
Working hard
It barely fits
It barely fits
On the elevator
On the elevator
Almost there
Almost there
Thats one
That's one
Seven of Nine
Seven of Nine

Wednesday, 9/5/2012

The theme for Wednesday was "look at all those cables!"

09 Fiber optic IB
09 Fiber optic IB
Copper IB
Copper IB
Back of rack #2
Back of rack #2
12 Back of rack #5
Back of rack #5
DDN storage
DDN storage

Thursday, 9/6/2012

Thursday's theme was "waiting". The team can't do a whole lot more until the PDUs (Power Distribution Units) arrive.

DDN front
DDN front
Man in the middle
Man in the middle
Tools of the trade
Tools of the trade

Friday, 9/7/2012

Friday the team started system configuration with temporary power to a couple of servers.

Only temporary
Only temporary
Mission control
Mission control

Monday, 9/10/2012

Monday, we finally have the last of the racks, although we're still missing some odds and ends.

Eight of nine
Eight of nine
Last cabinet
Last cabinet
Continuing the installation
Continuing the installation

Tuesday, 9/11/2012

Tuesday, we finally have the PDUs, so we can power up some of the racks.

A long awaited PDU
A long awaited PDU
Another PDU
Another PDU
Almost ready
Almost ready
Portable console
Portable console

Wednesday, 9/12/2012

Wednesday, the racks are powered up and the cabling and configuration continue.

Busy hands
Busy hands
More wiring
More wiring
Neatly done
Neatly done

Monday, 9/17/2012

Monday, the configuration continues.

More temporary cabling
More temporary cabling
Hard at work
Hard at work
Temporary power
Temporary power

Tuesday, 9/18/2012

Tuesday, the configuration continues.

Finshing storage installation
Finshing storage installation
No pictures please
No pictures please
Storage configuration
Storage configuration
Compute node configuration
Compute node configuration

Wednesday, 9/19/2012

Wednesday, the storage has been connected.

A little over a petabyte disk
A little over a petabyte of disk storage

Monday, 9/24/2012

Monday, the configuration continues.

Final touches on the storage=
Final touches on the storage
Many 2TB SAS drives=
Many 2TB SAS drives
Still a mess=
Still a mess

9/25/2012 through 10/12/2012

The HPC team, DDN, and Dell spent most of this time installing and testing system software, testing various individual racks of hardware, configuring the storage system, checking the network and InfiniBand, and a host of other mundane (but crucial) and not very photogenic tasks.

Monday, 10/15/2012

Monday is cutover day! The old cluster was shutdown early in the morning, so staff and contractors could begin moving the XDH chilling equipment and some of the power feeds. The new cluster will be powered up in its entirety for the first time late in the afternoon.

Moving power to the new cluster
Moving power to the new cluster

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