Posted by: acoss | January 31, 2010

UNB Linux cluster assists with text analysis

The University of New Brunswick houses a large Linux cluster system for complex electronic research

The University of New Brunswick houses a large Linux cluster system for complex electronic text analysis

The TARPoR project (Text Analysis Portal for Research) functions to assist researchers with large and complex text queries within electronic documents. TARPoR is a distributed computer platform that provides an environment to perform these searches, helps to build new text search tools and fosters the creation of electronic document libraries to perform those searches on. The project is managed through six regional centers at Universities across Canada.

The University of New Brunswick is one of those six regional centers. The University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, located in the city of Fredericton, houses a high performance Linux cluster as one of it’s contributions to the project. This cluster uses RedHat Linux 8.0 and consists of 80 Sun V60 servers interconnected using fast dual-path Gigabit Ethernet. Each of these cluster nodes has dual 2.8GHz Xeon processors, 2 to 3 GB of memory and two 36 GB disk drives.

Learn more about the UNB’s TARPoR project resources here.

*Image from the University of New Brunswick website.

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