Grid Computing

15 December 2010, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Room 007, Prospect Building, University of Sunderland, Sir Tom Cowie Campus.

Free of charge for both BCS and non-Members.

Robert Laughlin Warrender MBCS CITP, Senior Lecturer, University of Sunderland

Event description:

The University of Sunderland Cluster Computer (USCC) is an example of what can be built using commodity components for the creation of a high performance computer cluster. Built just over three years ago, the USCC uses 160 Intel ‘Woodcrest’ Cores running in 40 compute nodes and can be booted into either Windows or Linux operating systems.

The talk will focus on three key areas:

  1. The system architecture and construction - size really matters!
  2. Examples of recent uses being made of the system - how effective is the USCC?
  3. The development of teaching resources for use by staff and students interested in applications to be run on the USCC.
  4. In addition to the talk, attendees will also get the chance to visit the facility and see a variety of visual applications running on the cluster.

R L Warrender

Robert Laughlin WarrenderThe talk will be given by R L Warrender, who is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computing at the University of Sunderland. As well as teaching within the Computing Department, he is also studying for his Professional Doctorate developing a Framework for Efficient Cluster Computing Services in a Collaborative University Environment.

The tour of the USCC facility and demonstration will be given by Professor John Tindle who designed the USCC system.