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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 158 nodes (1128 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 has been upgraded and refreshed with new sets of Terrawulf III nodes in 2011 and 2014.

The TerraWulf cluster is now being used for a wide variety of geoscience data analysis 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 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:  7 September 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, RSES /Page Contact:  Web Admin