WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Though Purdue predicts their new machine will rank among the top50 supercomputers in the world, it took volunteers only four hoursto assemble on Tuesday. They constructed the computer by hookingtogether many smaller computers stacked in racks.
Researchers pooled their grant money to buy the equipment andcreate the system.
The associate vice president of research computing at Purdue,John Campbell, said the computer will be a resource available tomany departments. Campbell said the computer would assist in a widerange of tasks, from helping researchers better understand how toconstruct buildings to deal with earthquakes to assisting them inexamining the issues related to cancer.
With 10,000 processing cores, Purdue predicts it will rank amongthe top 50 supercomputers worldwide when the next ranking ispublished in November. Purdue ran a similar project last year, butthis one will have one-and-half times more processing cores. Itdoesn't take long for a supercomputer to lose its top ranking. Theone built last year, Steele, has dropped in the ranking from 105thto 196th.
The new cluster is named "Coates," for BenCoates, who headed Purdue's School of Electrical Engineeringfrom 1973 to 1983. The system at the RosenCenter for Advanced Computing was built with 1,280 HP dualquad-core computer nodes using AMD processors, and Cisco and Chelsio networkequipment. It is expected to have a peak performance of 90teraflops.
Jerry Protheroe traveled from the Univerity of Iowa to watch theinstallation. He has been getting advice from Purdue for a similarproject. Protheroe seemed impressed by what he had seen.
"It's a lot of fun," said Protheroe. "There's a lot of peoplehere with a lot of energy. I think you have maybe even some of yourresearchers are here helping out as well."
Purdue ran a video teaser for the installation, which you canwatch on YouTube orview below.
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