Basement Supercomputing

Limulus Hadoop 300
Big Data Appliance

$9,995.00 each

9 Month Limulus SupportInformation
10 Gigabit Ethernet UpgradeInformation
Limulus HPC 100/Hadoop 300 - 128 GB DDR4 Memory UpgradeInformation



!! Now shipping with i5-6500 Skylake processors and DDR4 memory.

An Apache™ Hadoop® Cluster When You Need One, An Efficient Workstation When You Don't

The Limulus™ Personal Hadoop workstation provides industry leading price-to-performance with a personal low power/noise with appliance. The four node Limulus™ Apache Hadoop workstation comes with Hortonworks™ Data Platform 2.x (HDP) fully installed. In addition, the quiet and cool desk-side workstation includes the Apache Ambari GUI for Hadoop administration. Each Limulus packs four standard Micro-ATX motherboards into a standard PC case supported by a single high efficient powersupply (one wall plug).

Power to the three worker nodes is controlled by the master using a simple software interface. Each of the additional nodes can be powered-on when needed by the user or by the resource scheduler. At idle, with nodes off, a Limulus consumes a mere 60 Watts of power.

"Day One, Ready To Run" Turn-key Powerhouse With Support

Each Limulus comes with a fully installed Linux OS and Hortonworks HDP 2.x. Apache Hadoop software. The system is ready for use on first "power-up." There is no other configuration needed other than user/site customization. All Linux software is fully open source (SRPMS available), integrated, and upgradable (via YUM/RPM). Each system comes with on-board basic documentation which is supplemented by an on-line manual. The fully configured system includes:

  • Node management with pdsh and whatsup
  • Full Ganglia and Nagios integration
  • Includes simple node power control commands
  • Node log management and replication using rsyslog
  • Automatic ssh key generation and propagation of users accounts on nodes
  • NAT configured on nodes for full LAN/Internet access
  • Environment Modules are automatic preserved (or cleared) across node logins
  • Email from nodes, used by scheduler
  • Complete Apache Hadoop installation
  • Integrated Ambari Apache Hadoop management GUI

A full year of Return to Depot hardware and 90 day software support is included with each system. Additional software support is available.

The basic support package includes 90 days of private access to the Basement Supercomputing Question and Answer page. In addition, one live phone call/incident is included as part of the 90-day support package. Hardware issues and deeper problems are handled via phone and email support. Additional 9-month and 12-month support packages are also available. These include continued access to the Question and Answer page and two live phone call/incidents. The basic support package covers cluster software and operating system issues but does not include Hortonworks HDP support. Hortonworks support packages are available on all Limulus Apache Hadoop appliances. Contact Basement Supercomputing for more information these comprehensive support options.

Basement Supercomputing is a Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner.


  • Number of processors: 4
  • Processor Model/Speed: i5-6500 CPU Skylake (3.20GHz, 6MB cache, 65 Watts)
  • Number of Motherboards: 4 Micro ATX, one has full access (Intel Z87), three are embedded (Intel Q87) with front panel access
  • Embedded Motherboard Front Panel Access: USB, video, power switch
  • Number of cores: 16
  • Memory (non-ECC): 64GB DDR4 (192GB Option)
  • Video: Intel HD Graphics 530
  • HDD System Storage: 8 TB Raw (2x 4TB, RAID 0 or 1, on main node)
  • SSD HDFS storage: 4 TB Raw (8x512GB SSD, two per node)
  • Interconnect: Gigabit Ethernet (GbE Upgrade)
  • Internal Ethernet Switch: 8 Port 1000BT
  • External Ports: 1000BT Ethernet, DVI-D, HDMI, 4xUSB-2.0/1.1, 4xUSB-3.0/2.0, S/PDIF/F, 8 port Audio
  • Power Supply: 850 Watts
  • Power cord: Single
  • Idle Power Main: 60 Watts
  • Idle Power All Nodes: 102 Watts
  • Full Load Power All Nodes: (HPL): 320 Watts
  • Price Performance (HPL): $15.55 /GFLOPS
  • Power/Performance: 0.83 Watts/GFLOPS
  • Operating System: CentOS Linux 6.x (Kernel 4.3.0)
  • Dimensions: 9x23.25x24.25 (inches);22.9x59x61.6 (cm)
  • Weight: 50 pounds; 22.7 kg

Installed Software

Each system comes standard with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.x which includes the following packages:

  • Apache Hadoop (YARN)
  • Apache Hive
  • Apache HCatalog
  • Apache HBase
  • Apache ZooKeeper
  • Apache Pig
  • Apache Sqoop
  • Apache Flume
  • Apache Oozie
  • Apache Ambari (see images)
  • Apache Storm
  • Apache Falcon
  • Apache Tez
  • Apache Spark
  • Apache Zeppelin (see image)

Basic Hadoop Configuration: Head Node(1): namenode, snamenode, datanode, resourcemanager, nodemanager, historyserver, proxyserver. Worker Nodes (3): datanode, nodemanager. Each node of the four nodes has two SSD disks for HDFS storage. HDFS replication=2

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