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How Asgard came to ETH

up to 1998 Distributed parallel computing was often done ad hoc using idle time on existing networks of workstations. Jobs were distributed using shell scripts or tools like Condor. Some projects for dedicated compute clusters were considered but funding at ETHZ remained directed towards traditional supercomputers.
late 1998, early 1999 Feasibility study for a Beowulf cluster< for the Department of Physics using as a reference existing clusters like Avalon at the LANL and research projects like the Swiss-Tx Architecture.
March/April 1999 The Departement of Physics submits a proposal to the ETHZ executive board to start a competition for the procurement of a Beowulf cluster. The ETHZ executive board supports this project.
May 12, 1999 Start of the WTO government procurement procedures for a Beowulf cluster. Publication in the Schweizerisches Handelsamtsblatt No. 91: Beowulf-Cluster ETHZ (930) 330.01
July 8, 1999 Deadline for submitting a tender
Summer 1999 Evaluation period. The offered systems vary considerably as was to be expected
September 13-17, 1999 Negotiations with all suppliers, with fixed technical specifications.
October 14, 1999 Decision to buy the system offered by DALCO electronics is published in the Schweizerisches Handelsamtsblatt
November 8, 1999 Contract with DALCO electronics
Dec. 20-23, 1999 Delivery of the complete system to ETHZ
January - March, 2000 Acceptance tests.
March 21, 2000 All accpetance tests are fulfilled.
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