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gross is a general-purpose beowulf cluster used by James Rustad and his researchers in the Geology department. This page documents the hardware, software, and policies surrounding this resource. The announcement archives are available online.


Announcement notifications are sent to an series of internally maintained mailing list. If you are a user of gross you will be added to the proper lists automatically. This list is a members only list. The general announcement archives are available online.


You can monitor the cluster using the gross ganglia interface. With the ganglia interface you can monitor just the nodes associated with your jobs. Just click on the “Job Queue” link and look for your job id. We collect a lot of data and you can look at things like memory usage, load average, disk activity, network activity, etc.


There are policies surrounding using gross. We will document them on this page.


Any software that is available in CentOS is also available for installation or already installed on this cluster. This provides the majority of the software that is installed. We have found that to be insufficient for some and in many cases we compile and install our own software packages. These custom packages include compilers, mpi layers, open source packages, commercial packages, etc. These are installed in /share/apps and are available to all nodes in the cluster. We have set up a page that has details on the current software configuration.

Operating System

This cluster currently runs Rocks which is maintained by folks at UC San Diego. Rocks is known as an integration which allows automated installation of various Redhat-based Linux distributions. We currently have Rocks 5.0 installed with CentOS 5.2 as our base distribution.


The hardware for tribe is made up of the following:

support/systems/gross.txt · Last modified: 2011/09/09 14:02 by tlknight