Lessons learned building a general purpose cluster for space mission applications

B Davis and M AuYeung and M Clark and C Lee and M Thomas and J Palko and R Varney, SMC-IT 2006: 2nd IEEE International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology, Proceedings, 226-234 (2006).

Over the past five years we have built and operated a computing cluster for company-wide unclassified technical and scientific computing. In this paper we discuss our cluster architecture, some of the architectural decisions we faced in the process, a sampling of applications run by our users, and lessons learned from building and operating this cluster. We also discuss future plans to use the cluster to support continuity of technical operations and netcentricity.

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