Wednesday, May 2, 2007

new machine room is done!

I was finally allowed to go into this room without a safety helmet! I hated wearing those things. The construction crew finally finished hooking up the 116 in row coolers, and they are planning on doing the final cleanup next week.

Very soon, we will start getting the first pieces of equipment in, and we can start our mad dash towards getting everything running the way it should.

First up will be the filesystem, made up of alot of servers which each have a large number of disks in them, which will all be connected to two massive infiniband networks, and incorporated into 2 giant, very fast, very low latency and high i/o filesystems. We will be using the Lustre distributed filesystem.

In the above photo, you can see the view from our loading dock - which actually has massive doors that you can fit massive things through! What a neat thought - a building that was designed from the ground up to be a machine room, not the other way around. It really got old rolling racks up the only handicap ramp in the building in our old machine room.
Here, you can see the actual loading dock, which a real machine room should have. A truck should only have to back up, then roll the racks/equipment straight onto the machine room floor. Hell Yes.

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