The Cavium Thunder X Hadoop cluster is a next-generation Hadoop cluster available to researchers at the University of Michigan.  The Cavium Thunder X cluster is an on-campus resource that currently holds 3 PB of storage for researchers to approach and analyze data science problems.

The cluster consists of 40 servers each containing 96 ARMv8 cores and 512 GB of RAM per server.  It is made possible though a partnership with Cavium in cooperation with Hortonworks, a leading open-source company and provider of the Hortonworks Data Platform.

The Cavium Thunder X platform is currently available as a pilot platform for researchers, with no associated charges, with a goal of general availability in the Spring of 2018.  The cluster provides a different service level than most cloud-based Hadoop offerings, including:

  • high-bandwidth data transfer to and from other campus data storage locations with no data transfer costs
  • very high-speed inter-node connections using 40Gb/s Ethernet.

The cluster provides 3 PB of total disk space, 40GbE inter-node networking, and Hortonworks Data Platform version 2.6.2, which includes hive, kafka, spark,  and sqoop.

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To request an account, send an email to Users of the service must have a U-M uniqname and Duo security authentication to access this service.

When requesting an account, please supply your name, uniqname, and a short summary of what you’d like to do on the cluster.