An advanced computing system was constructed at Bridgewater State University to provide students access to computing machines tailored to the purpose of computational scientific research. This paper provides an overview of the construction, design, capability, and future potential of the computing system.
During the course of projects utilizing a numerical weather prediction (NWP) model, it became evident that the desktop computing machines provided to students in computer labs were not capable of yielding results in a reasonable amount of time for non-standard applications. The standard configuration of computers in the Conant Science and Mathematics Center at Bridgewater State University is sufficient for the majority of student purposes; however, these standard computers become insufficient for more comprehensive applications. Because of this insufficiency, it became necessary to seek better performing computer systems to support research applications.
To increase the computational power of computing systems on campus, two distinct steps were taken. The first step was the upgrade of a standard desktop computer. This upgrade provided a single desktop machine with superior computing capability to the standard machines available to students. The second step was the construction of a Linux computer cluster from several networked previous generation machines.
Buckley, Jared; Covert, Jason; and Martin, Talia
Advanced Computing Systems for Scientific Research.
Undergraduate Review, 10, 45-48.
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