So what’s a Calderero?’ It’s the Spanish term for ‘Boilermaker,’ as in Purdue Boilermaker. This team is a blend of traditional Purdue University cluster kids with an infusion of students from their sister school, Colombia’s Universidad EAFIT.
In the video, we talk about how the team came together and how the cross-border partnership worked. As it turns out, one of the EAFIT team members was studying on location at Purdue, leaving only two members that had to communicate remotely.
We also had a good discussion surrounding their hardware config for SC14. They looked at a bunch of different configurations, including a straight traditional cluster, adding in some Phi co-processors, or powering up with some GPUs.
Eventually, their choice was dictated by the physical constraints of their chassis. So for the first time ever, Purdue is driving NVIDIA GPUs in a cluster competition. And so far, they’re liking it.
At this early point in the competition, the team was looking into how they’d pack the apps on their system in order to ensure maximum utilization and throughput.
You’ll notice that the siren of shame went off a few times during the interview, but it wasn’t caused by Team Calderero.