CAAUL is one of the partners of the GridPT project, a infrastructure dedicated to scientific data analysis in Earth and Space Sciences. It is part of the National Geophysics Network.This project was developed under the "Programa Nacional de Re-equipamento Científico (PNRC)" which is managed and financially supported by "Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia".
Status of the Nonius Cluster
The hardware installed in CAAUL comprises 14 Dell PowerEdge servers, each one with two 2.66GHz Xeon Quadcore CPU's, 8GB of RAM, one 73GB SAS system hard drive and 4x750GB SATA hard drives in a RAID5 configuration. This is the hardware known as the Nonius Cluster.
All the machines use the Linux operating system, with Torque PBS and Maui managing job submission and control. The parallel processing libraries installed are MPICH2.
Up until March 2012, the system had already processed more than 65500 jobs, corresponding to more than 127000 hours of CPU time.
Access to the Nonius Cluster
In accordance with the terms of the GridPT project the computational resources available are preferentially dedicated to projects in the Earth and Space Sciences, specially to the researchers and institutions that belong to the National Geophysics Network. This fact doesn't prevent the access from other researchers and areas of science, provided that there are available resources.
In any case, if you are interested in using the Nonius Cluster, you should CAAUL Board of Directors at: caaul (at) oal (dot) ul (dot) pt