Center for Parallel Computing
The center for parallel computing in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Toledo includes a 96-processor Celeron cluster and a 48-processor AMD cluster, as well as an older 16-processor AMD cluster.
The 96-processor cluster is a custom-built cluster which is used by Professor John Bjorkman's group for astrophysics simulations. It is primarily used for calculations which do not require tightly-coupled parallelism.
The 48-processor cluster was awarded to Professors Jacques Amar, Jon Bjorkman, Bo Gao, and Constantine Theodosiou as part of the Cluster Ohio program of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). It has fast Myrinet-2 communications and so is particularly suitable for tightly-coupled parallel simulations. The 48-processor Beowulf cluster was installed in August 2004, and is being used to carry out a variety of computations in condensed matter physics, surface physics, plasma physics and astrophysics. The award includes software for parallel processing and visualization. For more information about the OSC award click here.
The 16-processor Beowulf cluster also has fast Myrinet communication and was awarded by the Ohio Supercomputer Center in 2001. For more information about the 16-processor Beowulf cluster award from OSC click here.
All three Beowulf clusters serve as an important resource for undergraduate and graduate education and training in parallel scientific computation.