The IBM supercomputer at Brown University is 50 times more powerful, six times more energy efficient and can hold 70 times more memory than the system it's replacing. Researchers and scientists across the region will have access to the supercomputer, which will have a peak performance of more than 14 teraflops. The supercomputer includes IBM's iDataPlex and holds 1,440 microprocessors. The Marine Biological Laboratory, in Woods Hole, Mass., will be one of the first users.
has built a multimillion-dollar
supercomputer at Brown University
in Rhode Island that will help
researchers there and throughout the region tackle a host of computational
projects. The center opened Nov. 20.
The supercomputer at the Providence, R.I., university's Center for
Computation and Visualization will run at a peak performance of more than 14 teraflops-or
trillion floating -oint calculations per second-and is 50 times more powerful
than the system it's replacing, according to IBM
and Brown officials.
The supercomputer will be a boon for research not only at the university but
across the region, according to Brown officials. The university and IBM
plan to work with other schools, hospitals, businesses and government agencies
across Rhode Island in determining how best to use the supercomputer.
They also will conduct a series of symposia that will involve scientific
experts considering how the system can be used to address societal problems in
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"Combined, the supercomputer and the symposia allow us to begin to
tackle our state's most sobering challenges, thus allowing for economic growth
and stability through productivity, innovation and competitiveness," Clyde
Briant, vice president for research at Brown, said in a statement.
Among the first users will be scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory
in Woods Hole, Mass.
"This new system will help scientists make our world smarter, through
the ability to address problems that are orders of magnitude larger than what
they could address just a few short years ago-from mapping the human genome to
helping figure out how to cut down on carbon emissions to helping ensure our
waters and food are safe and sustainable," Nick Bowen, vice president of
technology at IBM, said in a statement.
The supercomputer comes with 1,440 microprocessors and is based on three IBM
iDataPlex systems, which combined are about the size of six refrigerators,
according to IBM officials. Also includes in
the system is an IBM Cluster 1350 and
multiple IBM storage systems running General
Parallel File System.
Support comes from IBM Global Services.
In all, the system has 390TB of storage and holds 4.5TB of memory-about 70
times what Brown's previous system could hold-and researchers can now compute a
problem that is 20 times larger in the same time frame.
In addition, the backbone network jumps from 1G bit to 10, and the
supercomputer is six times more efficient that what had been at the school previously.