Greetings biocluster intelligentsia! I have some new BioBrew (biobrew.org) feature ideas that I'd like to scrutinize against the collective intelligence and experience of this community. I've written a few information gathering questions that, if answered, ought to help me judge the feasibility of my ideas. What's in it for those of you who take a few minutes to respond? Well, the first 20 folks to email me (offline at gotero at linuxprophet.com) with sufficient answers to *all* 20 questions will receive a $10 ThinkGeek gift certificate. The next 10 people with answers to all the questions will receive a $5 ThinkGeek gift certificate. The questions are below with example answers in parentheses (sometimes). Be as detailed as you like, because more detailed answers will win in the event of a tie breaker : ) Thanks for your help!!-- Glen 1) What is the size of your Linux cluster? (e.g. 128 nodes) 2) What is the compute node architecture? (e.g. dual 3GHz Xeon, dual Opteron) 3) Do your compute nodes have local hard drives or are they diskless? 4) What is the cluster interconnect? (e.g. GigE) 5) What application(s) primarily run on your cluster (e.g. BLAST, HMMER) 6) If BLAST is running on your cluster, describe the type of BLAST jobs (e.g. blastn- genome vs. genome, blastn-genome annotation with ESTs) 7) What type of cluster filesystem is in use on your cluster? (e.g. NFS, GFS, proprietary) 8) If you use NFS, is your NFS server the same as the cluster head node or is it a separate server? 9) If you use NFS, what type of machine is your NFS server? (e.g. dual Xeon Linux Box w/ x number of yGB hard drives) 10) What is the ratio of NFS servers to compute nodes in your cluster? 11) How do you benchmark the throughput of your NFS server, i.e. what application(s) do you use to stress the NFS server and what tool(s) do you use to measure throughput? 12) If you have a NAS/SAN, what type of machine(s) are they? (e.g. NetApp w/ x number of yGB hard drives) 13) What is the ratio of NAS servers to compute nodes in your cluster? 14) What is the throughput of your NAS server(s)/SAN? 15) How do you benchmark the throughput of your NAS server/SAN, i.e. what application(s) do you use to stress the servers and what tool(s) do you use to measure throughput? 16) Are you satisfied overall with your cluster filesystem solution? 17) What are the two biggest problems you have with your cluster filesystem solution? 18) With regard to cluster filesystems, what would you do differently when building your next cluster? (e.g. increase NFS servers/compute node ratio, different filesystem) 19) What NFS server/compute node or NAS-SAN/compute node ratio will you aim for with the next cluster you build or upgrade? 20) If necessary, do you mind if Glen emails you offline to seek clarification on some of your answers? (Answering "Yes" is not necessary to be eligible for a gift certificate).