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Original System (December 1999)

The numbers correspond to the original system as delivered in December 1999. An extension was installed in June 2000.
Complete System custom made by DALCO eletronics, Switzerland
Cost 1'433'000 CHF (about 950'000 USD), government procurement 1999 according to WTO rules
Compute Nodes 192 dual CPU Pentium III / 500 MHz with 1 GB RAM and 6 GB IDE harddisks each, motherboards Intel N440BX, 100 MBit/s UTP ethernet
Service Nodes one login and one file server, Dual-CPU Pentium III / 500 MHz each
Mass Storage RAID 5 with 12 x 36 GB IBM UltraStar 36XP, Raid Controller Mylex 1164P eXtremeRAID
Network SmartSTACK technology by Cabeltron Systems, 24 compute nodes are connected through a 100 MBit/s ethernet switch building a frame. The 8 frames of the system are connected with each other and with the service nodes via 1 GBit/s optical links. The login node is connected to the ETHZ network.
Software SuSE Linux 6.3 with System Management Software SALT (SuSE Advanced Linux Technology), Installation by SuSE GmbH, Germany

Extended System (June 2000)

The following data corresponds to the state of the system at the beginning of November 2000.

Compute Nodes - 192 dual CPU Pentium III / 500 MHz with 1 GB RAM and 6 GB IDE harddisks each, motherboards Intel N440BX, 100 MBit/s UTP ethernet
- 48 dual CPU Pentium III / 650 MHz with 1 GB RAM and 9 GB IDE harddisks each, motherboards Intel L440GXC, 100 MBit/s UTP ethernet
Service Nodes - 3 login servers
- 2 file servers
Mass Storage - 1 StorageWorks RAID Array 3000 Storage Subsystem with 12 x 36 GB IBM UltraStar 36XP
- 1 StorageWorks RAID Array 3000 Storage Subsystem with 6 x 36 GB IBM UltraStar 36XP
Internal Network 24 compute nodes constitute a frame connected together through a 100 Mbit/s Ethernet switch. The 10 frames of the system are connected with each other and with the login and file servers by 1 Gbit/s optical links using Enterasys Matrix E7 switch.
Operating System Compute nodes: RedHat Linux 6.2
Login servers: RedHat Linux 6.2
File servers: SuSE Linux 6.3

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