Snowy

THE single most powerful machine in the lab. Probably even outpaces the Cluster simply because GPU and the Cluster is broken half the time. Duke and ASM are little babies compared to this bad boy.

Technical specifications

Field

Value

Server Type

It's a desktop (a documentation writer's worst nightmare)

CPU

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16-Core Processor

RAM

64 GB

GPU

3x NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

Networking

Ethernet must be connected to the topmost Ethernet port

Hard Disks

1TB SSD

OS

Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 LTS

History

Snowy was a purchase order as part of Arya Kumar's 2019 Senior Research project. He went through a bunch of different names as the case kept getting delayed in the mail, eventually arriving 3 months late.

Snowy is currently sitting in the HPC rack on top of the HPC nodes. Its ethernet cable comes from the Sun Rack and power is a mess.

Trivia

  • Snowy was supposed to have 4x NVIDIA RTX 2080, but there wasn't enough room in the case; the fans on the bottom take up too much space.

  • After completing the build, someone posted a picture of it to https://old.reddit.com/r/PCMasterRace. It quickly amassed 12.3k upvotes.

  • The middle RTX 2080 gets too hot sometimes and thermal throttles. Even with the blower style cards.

  • Nearly everything in the case has RGB LEDs on it, except for the CPU.

  • The Cluster lead wanted the Ethernet port information to be put here.