New HP Server for High Performance Simulations


Today we received two new servers as part of a research grant with the Atmospheric and Hydrologic Sciences department. The HP server is a blazing fast DL380p Gen8 model. Featuring a 10 core Intel Xeon E5-2680 v2 @ 2.80 GHZ with hyper threading, 8x16GB 1866MHz memory (256GB total) and two 10K 450GB SAS drives in RAID 0 through hardware RAID with 512MB cache. VMware ESXi 5.5 will be installed on the integrated 8GB SD card.

The second server is a storage server with 24 hot swap SATA / SAS drive bays, two intel CPUs and 16GB of RAM. Initally four 4TB WD RD4 enterprise drives will be installed. Ubuntu 14.04 x64 will be installed as the main OS with ZFS running the software raid.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen!


Old Highlights

BCRL Racks 2012

BCRL Develops Additional Capabilities in Meeting its Mission
Dennis Guster, Director

Over the past year the BCRL has incorporate several changes that will allow it to better meet its primary missions. These missions are centered on the concept of distributed processing, in other words using multiple computers to solve multi-faceted or complex problems. Within distributed processing the current missions include: information assurance, simulation related to molecular modeling, nano fluid dynamics and high performance computing.
Within information assurance there are several projects of note, through the support on ING a cyber warfare instructional station has devised which is used for monitoring the BCRL domain. A server configuration lab has been created in ch14A and is used frequently for computer forensics and security classes that require host configuration exercises. Several research projects have been undertaken and published in areas of firewalling disaster recovery and global authentication.
Within the simulation mission, several research projects have been completed and published related to hydrogen fuel storage, anti-matter application related to fuel and medical applications and a non-newtonian methodology has been developed to improve the accuracy of human blood flow simulations.
In the area of high performance computing a new 96 processor cluster has been configured and is now available to support algorithm scaling research, two CUDA ½ teraflop processors are now on line and being used to solve computationally intense problems, a molecular modeling algorithm has been devised /test which scales to 12 processors and a password integrity checking algorithm has been devised/test that provides and elapsed time reduction of 30 times.

Modeling/Simulation Principle Investigator Advances Simulation Capabilities in Modeling Human Blood Flow
Renat Sultanov. Research Scientist II and Modeling/Simulation Coordinator

BCRL Security Officer’s Job Made Easier with Addition of Cyber WarFare Station
Dustin Roger, Security Officer

BCRL Server Configuration Lab Provides Hand-On Activities for a Forensics Class
Mark Schmidt, Professor BCIS and Information Assurance Center Director

BCRL Disaster Recovery Plan Serves to Facilitate Research Related to Effective Disaster Recovery Practices
Olivia Lee, Professor of Marketing

BCRL Incorporates Virtualization to Improve Server Management and Reduce Power Consumption and Cooling Requirements Resulting in a “Greener” Computer Center.
Corey Hemminger, System Administrator

BCRL Upgrades its Global Authentication System to LDAP Hardened with Kerberos, Thereby Improving Security and Scalability
Joe Meunier and Christopher Schroeder, Global Authentication Coordinators

New 96 Processor Cluster Added to the BCRL
Matt Nispel, Cluster Coordinator

Partnership with FORCE 10 Networks Facilitates Research In High Performance Computing and Integration of High Performance Computing Concepts into the Classroom
Dennis Guster

Calculations related to the Characteristics of Hydrogen Collisions Made Possible Through High performance Computer Simulations Are Applicable to Sustainability Topic Such as Hydrogen Fuel Storage and Anti-matter Applications.
Renat Sultanov

Force10 Networks Grant

Force10 Switch 2

A corporate partnership has been on-going for the past six years with Force 10 Networks. They have provided enterprise level switches to support instruction / research in network performance, distributed processing, cluster / grid computing and molecular modeling.


ING Direct Grant

BCRL Office

ING Direct has been kind enough to provide the BCRL with both furniture and hardware. In 2007, ING donated a Cyber-Warfare Command Center. This ‘station’ gives BCRL staff a central location for network monitoring affairs. Network security education is the primary goal behind this project. Students and staff devise plans to both attack and defend against rival schools. This contest provides students with real experience, in that, the speed and threat of these attacks greatly mimics the global internet perspective. When the contest is over, the Command Center continues as an advanced network monitoring station.


Microsoft Partner Grant

Hera Cluster

This project is currently in the development stage. Microsoft has been kind enough to donate 100 AMD processor-based machines. The goal of this project is to use Microsoft’s new High Performance Computing (HPC) clustering software to promote distributed processing, encryption, and database technologies. Cloud based computing and Carr-Parrinello Molecular Dynamics are just a couple of the project outcomes this “super-computer” will serve. Current power restrictions holding this project in the development stage will soon be overcome, allowing the BCRL research staff to power the five large racks of computers.


Packettrap Networks Grant


Packettrap Networks partnership with the BCRL has provided students and faculty with software designed for the monitoring and analysis of network traffic. The software, dubbed Packettrap 360, gives BCRL research scientists access to real-time data. Using the gathered data, students are able to build statistical models and visual graphs that describe the nature of the BCRL data flow.

Tricord Grant


This project began with beta testing of Tricord’s mass storage units. Over the six years this project has gone on we have had an opportunity to conduct research related to performance, security and reliability with the units. The units have now been integrated into the production environment for the center and are used to log massive a mounts of performance data and for archival purposes.

Sun Systems Grant

Sun Servers

Actually two projects are ongoing with Sun equipment. The first involves designing computer security instruction with a foundation. This project focuses on providing the student with detailed instruction and hands -on exercises in the area of layer 2-4 protocols and their relationship to designing a firewall. The second project is related to designing efficient and secure e-commerce site.