Named in honor of Professor Emeritus John R. Rice, the Rice supercomputer will be used by researchers to develop new treatments for cancer, improve crop yields to better feed the planet, engineer quieter aircraft, study global climate change and probe the origins of the universe, among many other topics.
Rice will be built with HP compute nodes powered by 10-core Intel Xeon-E5 processors and 64 GB of memory. The system interconnect will be 56 Gb FDR InfiniBand from Mellanox. Rice nodes will run Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and use Moab and TORQUE for job management.
In this video, Betsy Hillery, a project manager in Purdue University’s Rosen Center for Advanced Computing, installs a server in a supercomputer.
Don’t try this at home! We encourage you to keep glasses of water away from your cluster.