Team Members

Philip Holmes:

Philip Holmes is an Engineering major with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering and Physics minor. He has gained both industry experience, through his internship at Crenlo, and research experience, through his Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He is interested in pursuing Biomedical Engineering research.

For this project, Philip focused on designing the case. He will be using his courses in machine design and dynamics to accomplish this task.


Noah Pirrotta:

Noah Pirrotta is an Engineering major with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering and a Mathematics minor. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Noah worked for Medallion Instrumentation Systems in Spring Lake, Michigan as an engineering intern. He was an electrical engineering intern in 2016 and a mechanical engineering intern in 2017. After he graduates, Noah will continue working for Medallion as a full-time Mechanical Engineer. Noah has a deep interest in computer technology and has been working with computers for years. He also has some experience with 3-D printing.

As part of Team Crayowulf, Noah worked to create the cooling system for the computer cluster. He used CAD software to model the water block for liquid cooling the Nvidia Jetsons. He then fabricated the water block components using a CNC Milling machine. He also designed and printed the 3D printed components of the system.

Peter Oostema:

Peter Oostema is an Electrical/Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics major. In the summer of 2016, Peter interned at the University of Kentucky working in the advanced networking lab. Here he worked on the VIP Lanes project building a test topology for the application of software defined networking and improving the web monitor for the service. In the summer of 2017 Peter was at Carnegie Mellon in Franz Franchetti’s research group, where he implemented the Method of Four Russians for small finite field matrix multiplication. The project also focused on writing the machine instructions to maximize performance.

On this project Peter implemented Supersingular Elliptic Curve Isogeny Cryptography on the computer cluster. He also designed and programed custom electrical components, such as the LED lighting.


Benjamin Kastner:

Benjamin Kastner is a Computer Science major and Business minor. He is completing his senior project a year early to facilitate an early graduation date. His interests are in computer networking and system administration. He has taken courses in system administration and operating systems and is currently taking a computer networking course.

In this project Ben configured the software that runs the computer cluster. He then used system benchmarks to compare the cluster to other supercomputers.