Cornell University & Partners Demonstrate Seamless Access to a Software Utility With the National Science Foundation-Funded ^MATLAB on the TeraGrid^ Project

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Executive Summary

The Cornell Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) was interested in understanding how best to deploy a software utility as a transparent and responsive user service for scientific researchers and engineers. The goal was to demonstrate a working model for high-performance utility computing with MATLAB, which might encourage other software vendors to explore and develop similar capabilities. The center received an NSF grant to deploy the high-level technical computing language MATLAB to a cluster called "MATLAB on the TeraGrid." This experimental TeraGrid computing resource was deployed using Dell PowerEdge servers with Intel Xeon processors running Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 along with DataDirect Networks storage and Force10 Networks switches sourced through Dell. MATLAB Distributed Computing Server was also installed on the servers.

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