One-day workshop on building commodity clusters

Kolbuszewski, Marcin Marcin.Kolbuszewski at
Wed Oct 4 14:01:16 PDT 2000

         Cluster-building workshop

High Performance Computing program at the National Research 
Council of Canada organizes a one day workshop devoted to 
building computer clusters out of commodity components. 

The workshop is targeted at scientists and engineers who 
use computing as an everyday research tools and are 
considering clusters as an cost-effective option for their computing needs. 

Representatives of the leading providers of Linux and clustering 
solutions as well as Canadian academic and government cluster 
users will share their knowledge and experiences. 

The workshop's website is at

Marcin Kolbuszewski

High Performance Computing Group             Coordination Office    
Institute for Information Technology Association    
National Research Council of Canada

Rm 286, M-50, 1500 Montreal Road             tel 613-998-7749
Ottawa, Canada                               fax 613-998-5400
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Marcin.Kolbuszewski at


One-day workshop on building commodity clusters
17 November 2000, Ottawa, Ontario
National Research Council of Canada
Sussex Laboratories
100 Sussex Drive

Organized by the internal High Performance Computing Program at the National

Research Council of Canada. Contact ihpc at for more information

8:45 - 9:00am *Opening addresses 
Dr. John Tse, Dr. Roger Impey, co-chairs of the iHPC program, NRC 

9:00 - 9:45am Overview of Intel and Alpha based clusters 
Stephen Fried, Microway Inc. 

9:45-10:30 Overview of high speed interconnects 
Keith Murphy and Tim Wilcox, Dolphin Interconnect AS 

10:30-10:45 Coffee break 

10:45-11:30 *Parallel computing on Linux clusters using Fortran, C and C++ 
compilers and tools from The Portland Group, Inc. (PGI) 
Douglas Miles, Portland Group International 

11:30-12:15 *Question and answer session with three invited speakers 

12:15-13:15 Lunch 

13:15-13:45 *THOR - A Multi-purpose Commodity Component Supercomputer 
Prof. James Pinfold, University of Alberta 

13:45-14:15 *Chemical Supercomputing on the cheap: Cobalt cluster 
Dr.Serguei Patchkovskii, University of Calgary 

14:15-14:45 *Application of Cluster Technology to BioInformatics 
Jacek Nowak, Plant Biotechnology Institute, NRC 

14:45-15:00 Coffee break 

15;00-15:30 Intel cluster with Wulfkits for CFD at ICPET 
Ron Jerome, Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology, NRC

15:30-16:00 *Aerodynamic CFD Discovers Cluster Computing 
Dr. Jerry Syms, Institute for Aerodynamic Research, NRC 

16:00-16:30 *Using PBS 
Dr. Gabriel MateescuResarch Computing Support Group, NRC 

16:30-17:00 *Performance of Linux Clusters Compared to Some Traditional RISC

Multiprocessor Systems 
Dr. Douglas Ritchie, Resarch Computing Support Group, NRC 

17:00 Closing comments 
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