An NIH-sponsored Workshop on Theoretical and Computational Biophysics
Held in Room 5602 at The Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL

Cluster-Building Workshop

Cluster assembly pic
Cluster assembly at a prior workshop

This day and a half workshop will explore help users and system administrators specify, design, build, and deploy PC Clusters running Linux, and even determine if a cluster is right for a specific application. Starting with a discussion of clustering basics, participants will actually build their own PC cluster and get to test out their own applications.

This workshop is aimed at systems administrators that want a greater understanding of cluster technologies, as well as those end-users that want to better understand the systems that they work on for their day-to-day work. A basic understanding of system administration techniques is assumed; basic knowledge and understanding of Unix systems is recommended, but not required. Enrollment limited to 24 participants; application dates are listed below.

TCBG Computational Biophysics Workshop

November 30 - December 1

Theoretical & Computational Biophysics Group
University of Illinois
Beckman Institute
405 N Mathews Ave
Urbana, IL 61801


Tim Skirvin (UIUC)
James Phillips (UIUC)


General Questions:



Date/Time Title Description
Day 1
18:00 - 19:30
Introduction Lecture (5.0M ) Introduce clustering basics - why they're useful, how they work, when you need them, basic programming techniques, different design options.
Day 2
09:00 - 11:30
Hands-On Cluster Building:
Clustermatic and Warewulf
Groups of 3-4 people will put together four PCs into a working cluster.
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 14:00 Details Lecture (1.8M ) Cluster Design and Queuing Systems
14:00 - 14:30 Break
14:30 - 17:00 Hands-On Running Jobs:
Clustermatic and Warewulf
Users will run jobs on different cluster types, and get a chance to do some real work.


Application deadline for the workshop is November 6th. Participants will be notified of acceptance to the workshop by November 9th, and must confirm participation by November 13th or lose their place. If you are applying from out-of-state, and register by October 27th, we will attempt to inform you as to your status early.

Please note that we cannot help participants with travel costs or arrangements, housing, or any other costs associated with attending the workshop.