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Researchers Use a Supercomputer as a Router

Supercomputers are well-known workhorses for science and other projects involving large amounts of data, but researchers are now using a high-performance system as a router. Astronomers worldwide will be able to access the data collected by the Murchison Widefield Array, a 2,000-antenna radio telescope located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia. Astrophysicists from MIT and the Pawsey Center—a supercomputing facility—are using a Cray Cascade supercomputer system—with a performance of 0.3 petaflops now and 1.2 petaflops planned for next year—to help operate the Murchison Widefield Array. The radio telescope generates about 400 megabytes of data per second for delivery to the observatory. The computer helps with tasks such as producing images and redistributing the data for storage. Although the system is still being installed, it was pressed into service 9 June 2013 when the radio telescope went online. (SlashDot -- 1)(SlashDot – 2)(PhysOrg)(International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research)

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