University of California at Irvine
Department of Physics
Array of Enhanced Nodes Supercomputer
UC Irvine professors Herbert Hamber(left) and Donald Dabdub, are using the Linux operating system in conjunction with 64 computers running in parallel.
MARK BOSTER / Los Angeles Times
The system is configured as one front-end system and 64 compute nodes.
Each of the 65 nodes in the system has:
In addition, 2 100 Mb/s full duplex 36-port Fast Ethernet switches with 6.6 Gbit/s backplane and trunked Gigabit Ethernet fiber interconnect modules are used for communications between nodes.
The machine has an aggregate peak performance of 19.5 GigaFlops, with 8.3 GigaBytes of memory and 221 GigaBytes of disk space.
Aeneas was recently featured in an article in the business section of the Los Angeles Times. See also the recent article by Beth Riley in the UC Irvine Granteater. A close-up picture of the original 16-node machine, as well as of the new 64-node configuration, can be found here. More technical details about the machine and its physics goals can be found here (postscript document).
A few limited benchmark results are available. For one real world application the system exceededed 1.3 GigaFlops sustained performance on 16 nodes (see text here ) and 4.1 GigaFlops on 64 nodes.
High Energy Physics simulations
Numerical Quantum Field Theory
High Energy data reduction
Light scattering and surface physics modeling
High temperature superconductivity
Plasma Physics simulations
Applied Mathematics research
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Climatic Rsearch and Atmospheric Chemistry
Further related web pages:
Faculty involved in the AENEAS Project:
Last update 12/14/2000Herbert W. Hamber
professor of physics
My home page can be found here.