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Supercomputer Boosts Research Collaboration

The Barracuda computing cluster, housed at the US Department of Energy’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is reportedly stimulating collaboration among scientists in various disciplines. The supercomputer is tasked with predicting the properties of matter, specifically those reactions related to energy efficiency, environmental protection, national security, and human health. These types of calculations are typically very costly, but Barracuda cuts the computational time needed by applying GPUs to the problem. Each of Barracuda’s 60 nodes consists of two quad-core Intel Xeon X5560 CPUs with 8 Mbytes of L2 cache running at 2.8 GHz. ( Molecular Sciences Laboratory)

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