The Systems Engineering Computational Laboratory (SECL) houses several linux-based high performance computational workstation clusters dedicated to the study of advanced numerical analysis and optimization techniques. The laboratory also provides the computational resources necessary to support research projects in the simulation, analysis, design, control, and optimization of complex nonlinear systems.
The SECL computational facilities consist of a series of dedicated workstations based on the AMD Opteron/Athlon, Intel Xeon, and Intel P4 processor families that are networked together to form the clustered computational environments. The laboratory facilities are constantly evolving as older, less capable processor families are replaced with newer, more powerful technology.
The laboratory currently employs two different linux-cluster operating systems for its high performance computational clusters. The first is the Rocks Clustering Toolkit (http://www.rocksclusters.org/) and the second is Cluter Knoppix (http://clusterknoppix.sw.be/) which is a version of the OpenMosix (http://openmosix.sourceforge.net/) enhancement to the Linux kernel for cluster capabilities.
There are currently four computational clusters in operation in the Systems Engineering Computational Laboratory. The two public clusters have open access for educational and research purposes by the faculty and students of the college and university. The two private clusters have limited access and are dedicated to individual research groups and programs.