John Goulden, Larry Sells and Hyacinthe Aboudja, computer science professors, secured a grant to build a portable cluster computer in Seattle this fall.
They will construct the computer at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis.
The cluster, which can be viewed as a small supercomputer, will be used by students in Sell’s Software Engineering course. Thanks thanks to a grant from Intel made to the Science Through Computation LittleFe Project, Goulden, Sells and Aboudja will build and then bring the computer back to OCU for use in in Sell’s software engineering course. Students in that class recently completed a lab session with Henry Neeman, director of the University of Oklahoma Supercomputing Center for Education and Research, to learn more about supercomputing.
Sells said after the LittleFe computer is added to the computer science department’s resources, the OCU team will develop and publish at least one learning module. The computer is designed to teach parallel programming. It includes 6 Jetway mainboards with dual-core Intel Atom D525 processors, an NVIDIA ION 2 graphics chipset and 2 GB of RAM. It will be assembled Nov. 11-15.