A supercomputer for the Lone Star State, USA

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

One of the most powerful computers in the world is soon to be built at the Texas Advanced Computing Centre (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin.

The entire project will take four years and will cost about US$50 million, granted by the USA National Science Foundation. TACC will partner with corporates Dell and Intel. Construction will be undertaken by a team of cyber infrastructure experts from the University of Texas at Austin; Clemson University, South Carolina; the University of Colorado at Boulder; Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Indiana University; Ohio State University and the University of Texas at El Paso.

The computing system – already named Stampede – will be used to further scientific exploration into weather forecasting, climate change modelling, and energy production and conservation. Stampede will also help develop new drug protocols and more efficient and safer cars and planes. The supercomputer will be up and running in January 2013. Says TACC Director Jay Boisseau: “Many researchers will leverage Stampede not only as part of their breakthrough scientific research, but for all of their scientific research, including visualisation, data analysis and data-intensive computing.”

The research that Stampede will enable is in the field of computational science, which allows scientists to explore phenomena that are too big, small, fast or dangerous to investigate in a normal laboratory. Unlike telescopes or particle accelerators, systems like Stampede help researchers across all disciplines, including the humanities, and are deemed critical to the expansion of knowledge and innovation.

Category: e-Education, Summer 2011

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