The Lab for the Analysis of Zombie Activity and Research into Undead Simulations (LAZARUS) was founded at Texas Tech University in 2014 as the result of the synergistic efforts of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM-CORE), and a number of independent initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation. The lab is designed to serve two purposes: (1) support research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and (2) support K12 outreach efforts designed to increase awareness and interest in STEM academic and career pathways. While the lab hosts a number of resources designed to support these objectives, a supercomputer branded as the Schoenberg Cluster is featured as the lab's centerpiece.
The Schoenberg Cluster features a collection of computing nodes (motherboards with two GPUs and memory but no hard drives), storage nodes (motherboards with less processing power but with plenty of memory and hard drive capacity), and a single head node which manages operations across the cluster. These CAD images show a preview of the case that is currently under construction to house the cluster.
The images below trace out the evolution of the external case design and implementation. A team of undergraduate industrial engineering interns under the supervision of faculty in the TTU Department of Industrial Engineering spearheaded the case design and fabrication.