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A Portable Computational Cluster for Modeling and Simulation

[+] Author Affiliations
J. G. Michopoulos

Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

G. V. Zaruba

The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Paper No. DETC2009-86895, pp. 49-54; 6 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 29th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4899-9 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


In the present paper we are describing the development of a portable computational cluster infrastructure based on Apple’s MacMini systems. The objective of this effort is to initiate the exploration of the feasibility for building and evaluating a low cost computational cluster system that could be portable due to the small form factor of the individual units while it could still provide considerable computational scalability. Here we outline our experiences in the form of a how-to methodology for setting up a MAC OS X 10.4 cluster for Xgrid and three popular versions of Message Passing Interface (MPI), i.e., OpenMPI, LAM-MPI, and MPICH2. Subsequently, we describe some performance measurements through the utilization of the Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS) for two cases of reactive flow topologies. Finally, Xgrid with OpenMPI throughput and latency performance results are presented and discussed.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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