Basement Supercomputing

Limulus HPC 200
Personal Cluster Workstation

$7,995.00 each

Limulus HPC 200 - 64 GB Memory UpgradeInformation
9 Month Limulus SupportInformation



!! Now shipping with i7-4770S Haswell processors.

A Cluster When You Need One, An Efficient Workstation When You Don't

The Limulus™ Personal HPC workstation provides industry leading price-to-performance with a personal low power and noise profile. The Limulus Model 200 (with Haswell processors) can deliver 444.8 GFLOPS of double precision CPU performance (as measured by HPL Benchmark) in a quiet and cool desk-side workstation package. 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 HPC cluster software stack. 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 on on-line manual. The fully configured system includes:

  • Node management with pdsh and whatsup
  • 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 Open Grid Scheduler (SGE) ready to run configuration
  • Full Ganglia integration (including processor temperatures)
  • Local On-line documentation (example)
  • Web based Limulus Manual

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


(Upgrades from Limulus Model 100 in bold)

  • Number of processors: 4
  • Processor Model/Speed: i7-4770S CPU Haswell (3.10GHz, 8MB 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): 64 GB (128 GB Option)
  • Video: Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • Performance: 444.8 GFLOPS (56% of peak)
  • SSD storage: 256 GB
  • Spinning Storage: 4x2TB (8TB raw)
  • Removable 3.5" Drive Bays: Four Tray-less (four used)
  • Interconnect: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Ethernet Switch: 8 Port
  • 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 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): $17.97/GFLOPS
  • Power/Performance: 0.72 Watts/GFLOPS
  • Operating System: Scientific Linux 6.4 (Kernel 3.12)
  • installed Software: Basement Supercomputing HPC Stack
  • Dimensions: 9x23.25x24.25 (inches);22.9x59x61.6 (cm)
  • Weight: 50 pounds; 22.7 kg

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