The facilities available for use by members of the PDSL are described in some
detail in the following document:
In addition, a PDF schematic of the "Crash And Burn" (CAB) cluster is
For convenience, a brief overview of the facilities provided within and
outside the PDSL are also provided:
- Lab Facilities - please see the PDSL Facilities document above
for complete information
The lab is housed in E2-556 EITC. Within the lab proper are 6 dual
boot (Linux FC4 and Windows) Dell Optiplex GX620 desktops for general use.
An older Athlon 2500+ based system (saved from the previous generation of
lab machines) is also available but is intended primarily for use as a DVD
writing system for backup purposes. The Linux side of the lab machines and
the "Crash And Burn" (CAB) cluster are hosted by a Dell PowerEdge 830 with
dual core Pentium D processor running at 3.0GHz with 4GB of RAM and a 250GB
RAID-1 array. The CAB is an 8 node research cluster (Beowulf style) with a
variety of interconnects. Each node in the cluster is based on dual core,
dual processor Opterons with 2GB of RAM and 250GB SATA hard drive. The
cluster nodes are interconnected using Fast Ethernet, Gig Ethernet, Myrinet
and CLAN switches as well as SCI point-to-point links. Finally, a dual core,
dual processor SunFire X4200 system with 10GB of RAM and 140GB of high speed
SAS hard drive storage is available for running large scale simulations on.
- External Facilities
The department of Computer Science maintains their own computing
facilities which, as a student of the PDSL, you will also have access to.
Most important among these are the SunFire Galaxy-4 80 core compute cluster,
two 8-way SMP boxes (mercury.cs.umanitoba.ca and rookery.cs.umanitoba.ca)
and the normal login server (silver.cs.umanitoba.ca) for mail, etc. access.
Access to the departmental computer cluster should be coordinated through
your advisor. In addition, the University maintains a
24 processor SunFire 6800
system which is available by application to the University's HPC
Resource Committee via your advisor if you need access to a larger shared
memory facility. Finally, the University of Manitoba is a member of
WestGrid and you therefore
have access (again, via application made by your advisor) to the shared
computing facilities they provide.