A Look at Indiana University’s New “Big Red II” Supercomputer

Twenty-five times faster than its predecessor, Indiana University’s new “Big Red II” Cray supercomputer is up and running, and ready to speed engineering innovation and scientific discovery to the tune of one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second. Leveraging years of experience with Cray machines and embracing the same HPC architecture as other large national lab machines, IU is now more equipped than ever to take on the increasing challenges of data-intensive computing. Utilizing the world’s fastest university-owned supercomputer, IU will now be able address new science and technology challenges, addressing much larger and vastly more complex problems. Building on the success of the original Big Red 1 system, the Big ... [ Read More ]

One of the World’s Most Powerful Supercomputers Opens for Business … and Science!

The Blue Waters supercomputer, which is housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), recently opened for use in a ceremony that featured a variety of movers and shakers in the high-performance computing, corporate, government and science sectors. Among those industry leaders was Pete Ungaro, President and CEO of Cray Inc., who spoke at the event along with Pat Quinn, the Governor of the State of Illinois. The event represented Blue Waters' formal introduction into research society, as it has already been used for important early projects and is now being made more widely available. With tight HPC-integration across compute, memory and storage, Blue Waters, a Cray XK7 ... [ Read More ]

NCKU Deploys Cray Supercomputer to Support Life Sciences Research

The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan recently put the high performance computing resources of a Cray supercomputer into its Computer and Network Center. The university’s new system, a Cray XE6m supercomputer, can achieve peak performance of more than 4 teraflops. Acquiring a new supercomputer is an important step for the university. The Cray XE6m system, which will be overseen by the university’s supercomputing research center, will be used for critical research that will ultimately benefit society at large. Research otherwise not possible without their new Cray. NCKU's life sciences research project NCKU has supported a wide range of research efforts in its Computer and Network center, but the university is gearing up ... [ Read More ]

Data Intensive Cluster Supercomputing Contributes to Major Advance in Genetic Research

A person's genes play a prominent role in dictating who they become. Genetics is about more than just determining the color of a person's eyes or hair. Genes can also impact how their brain develops and reveal any likelihood of a person being born with a mental disorder. The study of genetics has become a priority for many scientists because breakthroughs in such research could help medical professionals identify signs of mental disorders and possibly prevent such conditions from developing. Researchers recently used supercomputing capabilities to identify genetic patterns that could lead to autism and similar disorders. This advance could enable scientists to prevent such disorders from developing, the National Science Foundation (NSF) ... [ Read More ]