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Indiana University Unveils Supercomputer

The fastest supercomputer owned by an academic institution is now online at Indiana University. uses CPUs and GPUs, and operates at maximum of 1 petaflops. Academics will use IU’s Cray-based Big Red II system in the sciences, medicine, humanities, and fine arts. Indiana firm needing help with tasks such as advanced-product modeling will also be able to work with the machine. The computer has more than 21,000 CPU and GPU processing cores and will use a new high-speed, high-bandwidth disk-storage system. IU says it is an asset that should help attract and retain faculty, particularly those whose work requires advanced data-processing power. Officials say the computing power will, for example, let researchers complete a human-genome analysis—a task that typically takes six months—in eight days. Big Red II replaces the original Big Red, a 28-teraflops computer with 4,100 processing cores that became operational in 2006. (SlashDot)(Network World)(Indiana University)

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