Building a cluster

My office is cluttered with computer components. I am teaching with Dr. Antonio Rago a course called “Mathematical Programming” for second year students on our degree: Mathematics with High Performance Computing.

We teach the students using a language called python. In the first third of the course we use the trinket system.

As part of the module Dr. Rago is teaching the students to build a 8 node cluster and the basics of system administration of a linux system. The small computers in the box will be cabled together to form the cluster. It is essential to getting high performance out of parallel computer to understand some of the hardware issues.