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TerraWulf - Overview


TerraWulf is a networked ‘Beowulf’ cluster of computers set up at RSES to provide convenient high end computing power for a range of demanding geoscience problems, particularly in the fields of thermochronology, seismology, geodesy, crustal and mantle dynamics, and landform evolution.

The cluster, consists of 146 nodes (984 processor cores) connected through Gigabit and Infiniband switches which extend the range of potential applications of the cluster to both ’tight’ and ’loosely coupled’ codes. The Terrawulf II cluster was launched in June 2008 and upgraded and augmented with a new set of Terrawulf III nodes in 2011.

The TerraWulf cluster is now being used for a variety of geoscience data processing and development of processing techniques, simulation and analysis of terrestrial processes as well as continuing development of inversion and data inference software. It is accessible directly through a local account and via the AuScope grid. Members of the AuScope Community can request a project account through the Access page

Two major upgrades of the TerraWulf compute cluster have been made possible by funding support from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) under the AuScope and AuScope/AGOS umbrellas combined with support from RSES providing a new and more powerful cluster.


For more information Contact: Herb McQueen

Updated:  26 August 2014/Responsible Officer:  Director, RSES /Page Contact:  Web Admin