Nevis Linux Cluster Node Names

These are the names of the computers in the Nevis Linux Cluster.

Some machines that are not listed:

  • the systems on the Nevis condor batch farm;
  • the student boxes;
  • machines that are not part of the cluster (e.g., Windows machines, laptops, some ATLAS, DOE, and Neutrino systems).

Most Linux machines at Nevis are typically used by a particular working group; the student boxes are the main exception, but there are other shared workstations noted below.

Each group has an informal naming convention for its machines. The list below includes the different groups with machines in the cluster, the basis for the names, and description of each Linux machine normally used by that group.

ATLAS

Named after members of the Romanov dynasty
Name Function CPU Memory Disk Derived from
kolya ATLAS workgroup server Dual 3.2 GHz Xeon 4 GB 2.5 TB Tsar Nikolai II Alexandrovich (1868-1918)
anna ATLAS client 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 1 GB 67 GB Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicolaievna (1901-1918?)
tanya ATLAS client 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Pentium D 1 GB 60 GB Grand Duchess Tatiana Nicolaievna (1897-1918)
xenia ATLAS tier3 server Quad 2.26 GHz 4-core Xeon 24 GB 15 TB Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna
karthur ATLAS/D0 workgroup server Dual 3.2 GHz Xeon 4 GB 2.5 TB Arthur Pendragon, Once and Future King
elecsim Electronics shop chip-design workstation 2.4 Intel Xeon 24 GB 800 GB Sometimes we have to use a practical name
elecdesign Electronics shop chip-design workstation 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 1 GB 160 GB

DOE

Named for Chinese imperial dynasties (pronunciation guide)
Name Function CPU Memory Disk Derived from
shang DOE workgroup server Quad 2 GHz AMD Opteron (64-bit) 4 GB 1.2 TB Shang Dynasty, 16th century B.C. - 1066 B.C.
han DOE disk server Dual Intel Xeon 2.5 GHz quad-core 8 GB 8 TB Han Dynasty, 206 B.C.-9 A.D (Western Han); 25-220 A.D. (Eastern Han)

Neutrino

Named after streets in the area of Columbia University
Name Function CPU Memory Disk Derived from
houston Neutrino home directories Dual 0.8 GHz Eight-core Opteron 16 GB 320 GB  
riverside Neutrino file server Quad 2.27 GHz Four-core Xeon 12 GB 14 TB
westside Neutrino file server Quad 2.27 GHz Four-core Xeon 12 GB 14 TB
morningside Neutrino file server Dual Intel Xeon 2.5 GHz quad-core 8 GB 6.3 TB
amsterdam Neutrino file server Dual 3.2 GHz Xeon 4 GB 2.4 TB
quarter Neutrino 32-bit server Dual 2.0 GHz Xeon 8 GB 160 GB (thirty-) two-bit system for 32-bit compilations

VERITAS

Named after characters in the Earthsea books by Ursula K. LeGuin
Name Function CPU Memory Disk Derived from
tehanu VERITAS workgroup server Dual 2.27 GHz Xeon quad-core 12 GB 13 TB Tehanu is the fourth book in the series

Shared between workgroups

Named (initially) for characters and locations from the Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling. (The student boxes are also shared, but they're described separately.) The reason for mixed naming scheme is these systems were at one time dedicated to specific workgroups.
Name Function CPU Memory Disk Derived from
hogwarts General shared server Xen virtual machine on HA cluster Hogwarts, a school where wizards are trained
hermione Shared client 2 GHz Athlon Duo 2 GB 60 GB Hermione Granger, one of Harry's friends
ron Shared client 2 GHz Athlon Duo 2 GB 60 GB Ron Weasley, another of Harry's friends
harry Shared client 2 GHz Athlon Duo 2 GB 60 GB After Harry Potter, the hero of his eponymous series.
claremont Shared client 2 GHz Athlon Duo 2 GB 60 GB Named after streets in the area of Columbia University
broadway Shared client 1.86 GHz Dual-core 2 GB 72 GB
columbus Shared client 1.86 GHz Dual-core 4 GB 72 GB
madison Shared client 1.86 GHz Dual-core 2 GB 72 GB
lexington Shared client 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo 2 GB 60 GB
leonardo Shared client 2 GHz Pentium Dual-core 2 GB 130 GB After Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian inventor and artist.
yoog Shared client located in the Annex 1.8 GHz Pentium 4 1 GB 24 GB From the Russian word for "south" (since it's located in "Nevis South")
isolde D0 client 3 GHz Pentium 4 1 GB 60 GB Isolde, a woman of tragedy

Administrative machines

Named for historical figures who made important contributions to Western thought
Name Function CPU Memory Disk Derived from
hypatia HA server Two AMD Opteron 6128 (16 cores total) 16 GB 2.5 TB Hypatia of Alexandria (d. 415), a teacher and philosopher who was killed for advocating experimental science and other heresies.
orestes HA server Two AMD Opteron 6128 (16 cores total) 16 GB 2.5 TB Orestes was prefect of Alexandria, and tried to maintain the peace between Hypatia and Cyril. He failed, providing Cyril with the opportunity to arrange Hypatia's death.
hamilton virtual name for main HA server Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), born on the island of Nevis, was the first Secretary of the Treasury. (Also, HA are the first two letters of his name.)
burr virtual name for backup HA server Aaron Burr (1756-1836), was the third vice-president of the United States. (burr stands ready to STONITH hamilton, and vice versa.)
hermes Condor and DNS server Dual-core 1.86 GHz Xeon 1 GB 128 GB Hermes was the messenger of the gods; a god of intellect, invention, travelers, communication, and many other attributes.
franklin mail server Xen virtual machine on HA cluster Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), who was (among many other things) the first Postmaster General of the United Sates.
ada web server Xen virtual machine on HA cluster Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), the founder of scientific computing.
lincoln log server alias for hermes Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), lawyer, statesman, and 16th American President; said to have been born in a log cabin.
shelley backup server Dual Core 1.5 GHz Intel Xeon 3050 2 GB 4 TB Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), writer and philosopher, best known as the author of Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus.
tango samba server Xen virtual machine on HA cluster The tango is a dance from Argentina that's actually quite different from the Brazilian samba.
sullivan mailing-list server Xen virtual machine on HA cluster Take your pick:
bassi videoconference system in room 115 2.8 GHz Intel Core Duo 2 GB 60 GB Laura Bassi, the first women to hold a university position in Europe and a physics teacher.
cordwainer scanner workstation 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 512 MB 35 GB Cordwainer Smith was a science-fiction writer. Among his best-known stories is Scanners Live in Vain.
annex Annex general-purpose server Dual 2.4 GHz Xeon 1 GB 250 GB sometimes we have to use a practical name

Why the funny names?

Well, there's the sheer intellectual over-indulgence of it all, but there's also a serious reason: the function of a given computer can change over time; for example, a computer that used to be Jones' Linux desktop client may become an FTP server in the future. If the computer's name was jonespc or d0pc3, we'd want to change it to ftpserver or something like that. If the computer's name was hanuman.nevis.columbia.edu, there'd be no reason to change it, nor any need to update the various databases of names (/etc/hosts, NIS, DNS, etc.).

Obviously, we have this luxury because there are relatively few computers at Nevis. We can configure them individually and know each one by name. If we had a hundred boxes, this would be impossible.

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