The Purdue Boilermakers have competed in more student cluster competitions than almost any other team. This is an experienced and well-traveled bunch with a solid foundation of senior leadership.
The big news from Purdue is that they’re using accelerators for the first time (Intel Phi) along with some sweet PCI-e attached SSD storage. In the video we talk about how they’ve “discovered fire” and find out what it was like to work with Intel Phi co-processors for the first time.
In a tangent, we touch on the last time Purdue went away from conventional systems – in 2008, when they tried to use a MIPS-fueled SiCortex cluster. These clusters didn’t turn out to be winners for either Purdue or SiCortex. The Boilermakers also tell us about the great time they had getting to Leipzig, including an overnight stay in the Philly airport due to bad weather (and worse travel planning – they should have gone through Chicago O’Hare).
Could this be the year of the Boilermaker? Watch the video…