15th January 2013
Experimentation completed and terminated May 17th 2013
Would a distributed platform Like HT Condor be viable in student spaces during downtime. could we distribute load to the student labs when not being used in order to achieve research outcomes.
What does this mean for the Environmental impact of power in our labs? How complex is ‘parallelising’ software for these types of platform
We delivered a pilot HT Condor implementation, based on the thesis of Ian Gregory from the Business School. We deployed 43 nodes in the Language learning lab for a period of 3 months during which time we tested various existing applications as well as different types of ‘hello world’ offerings. Several of the tests were existing research applications or systems.
Eventually we arrived at the conclusion that the University should pursue a more rounded High Throughput computing strategy, and that the time and effort to implement and maintain a node based cluster was not offset by benefit over traditional HPC solutions. The following reasons were identified as reasons not to continue with the offering.
HT Condor, Ruby on Rails, MatLab, Python, VMWare.
Link to Thesis