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
elecdesign Electronics shop chip-design workstation 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 1 GB 160 GB Sometimes we have to use a practical name

Auger

Named for stellar objects
Name Function CPU Memory Disk Derived from
polaris Auger server Dual 2.4 GHz Xeon 1024 MB 320 GB From the Pole Star, about which the constellations revolve.

D0

Named for characters from Arthurian legend
Name Function CPU Memory Disk Derived from
karthur ATLAS/D0 workgroup server Dual 3.2 GHz Xeon 4 GB 2.5 TB Arthur Pendragon, Once and Future King
isolde D0 client 3 GHz Pentium 4 1 GB 60 GB Isolde, a woman of tragedy

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.
qin DOE client 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 512 MB 32 GB Qin Dynasty, 221 B.C. - 207 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
riverside Neutrino workgroup server Quad 2.27 GHz Four-core Xeon 12 GB 14 TB  
westside Neutrino workgroup server Quad 2.27 GHz Four-core Xeon 12 GB 14 TB  
morningside Neutrino workgroup server Dual Intel Xeon 2.5 GHz quad-core 8 GB 6.3 TB
amsterdam Neutrino workgroup server Dual 3.2 GHz Xeon 4 GB 2.4 TB  
claremont Neutrino client 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 1 GB 67 GB
broadway Neutrino client (in the Annex) 1.86 GHz Dual-core 1 GB 72 GB
columbus Neutrino client (in the Annex) 1.86 GHz Dual-core 1 GB 72 GB
madison Neutrino client (in the Annex) 1.86 GHz Dual-core 1 GB 72 GB

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 Dual 2.4 GHz Xeon 1 MB 450 GB Hogwarts, a school where wizards are trained
harry Shared client 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 2 GB 35 GB Harry Potter, the hero of the series
hermione Shared client 1.8 GHz Pentium 4 1 GB 20 GB Hermione Granger, one of Harry's friends
ron Shared client 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 512 MB 35 GB Ron Weasley, another of Harry's friends
guinevere Shared client 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 2 GB 35 GB Queen Guinevere, Arthur's wife and Lancelot's love
mario Shared client 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 1.5 GB 35 GB Named after characters in the Super Mario Bros. series of games.
luigi Shared client 2.4 GHz Celeron 2 GB 36 GB
peach Shared client Dual Pentium E2180 2GHz 2 GB 228 GB
yoshi Shared client Pentium 4 2.8GHz 1.5 GB 35 GB
bowser Shared client Dual Pentium E2180 2GHz 2 GB 228 GB
toad Shared client Pentium 4 1.7GHz 1 GB 300 GB
nan Shared client located in the Annex 1.8 GHz Pentium 4 1 GB 24 GB From the Chinese word for "south" (since it's located in "Nevis South")
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")
merlin Shared client located in the Annex 1.8 GHz Pentium 4 1 GB 35 GB A wizard who was the advisor to King Arthur.
pegasus Shared client located in the Annex 1.8 GHz Pentium 4 512 MB 74 GB From the constellation of Pegasus, the winged horse on which Perseus rode when he slew the sea monster Cetus.

Administrative servers

Named for historical figures who made important contributions to Western thought
Name Function CPU Memory Disk Derived from
hypatia central administration server Dual-core 1.86 GHz Xeon 1 GB 128 GB Hypatia of Alexandria (d. 415), a teacher and philosopher who was killed for advocating experimental science and other heresies.
franklin mail server Dual-core 2.8 GHz Pentium D 2 GB 200 GB Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), who was (among many other things) the first Postmaster General of the United Sates.
ada web server 2.6 GHz Pentium 4 2.5 GB 120 GB Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), the founder of scientific computing.
lincoln log server 450 MHz Pentium II 224 MB 12 GB 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 2.6 TB Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), writer and philosopher, best known as the author of Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus.
tango samba server 2.5 GHz Pentium 4 2 GB 12 GB The tango is a dance from Argentina that's actually quite different from the Brazilian samba.
sullivan mailing-list server Dual 500 MHz Pentium III 768 MB 68 GB Take your pick:
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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