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Jaguar to be upgraded at oak
University of
Southampton invests
ridge national Laboratory in supercomputer
the University of Southampton is investing
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is to real-world, scientific applications at more
£3m in a new supercomputer, built using
upgrade its Cray XT5 Jaguar supercomputer. than a sustained petaflop, and we are very
Ibm iDataPlex server technology and
The upgrade to six-core AMD Opteron proud of this groundbreaking achievement.
capable of more than 74 trillion calculations
processors, code-named Istanbul, will ‘Once upgraded, this performance level
per second.
increase Jaguar’s peak performance to more will increase and the scientific community the new supercomputer, containing
than two petaflops. will benefit.’ more than 8,000 processors, will be used
The contract to upgrade the Jaguar At the end of 2008, Jaguar was upgraded
by researchers to make highly complex
system will increase the number of the to a peak performance of 1.64 petaflops
computations in fields ranging from cancer
Cray XT5 supercomputer’s processing and set a historic milestone in surpassing
research to climate change.
cores to more than 224,000. The upgrade the sustained petaflop speed barrier on two
‘the University of Southampton is one
of the UK’s leading research universities
is expected to be installed and accepted by scientific applications.
and one of the top 100 in the world. to
the end of 2009. Sustained performance is a critical
ensure that we remain at the cutting-edge
‘What makes this upgrade to Jaguar truly measure in supercomputing allowing
of research, we must invest in the best
exciting for us is the realisation that the scientists and engineers to increase the size,
facilities for our research staff,’ comments
scientists and engineers using Jaguar will realism and complexity of simulations used
the University’s Deputy vice-chancellor,
now have a faster and more powerful tool to address scientific problems. Professor Philip nelson. ‘this significant
on their hands for achieving important For example, scientists are using Jaguar investment will ensure that our researchers
scientific breakthroughs,’ said Peter Ungaro, to create climate models of unprecedented
have computing facilities to rival the best in
president and CEO of Cray. ‘The Cray XT5 resolution and fidelity, giving a better
the world.’
system at Oak Ridge remains the first and understanding of future climate and human
the computer, which was custom-
only supercomputer in the world to run impact on that climate.
designed and will be built, implemented
and configured for the university by UK
high-performance computer and storage
Bulgaria and Czech Republic join PRACE
integrator ocF, has a capability equivalent
to around 4,000 standard office computers,
bulgaria and czech republic have joined PrAce: Germany (project coordinator),
running simultaneously.
PrAce, the Partnership for Advanced Austria, bulgaria, cyprus, czech republic,
It will greatly assist the University’s
computing in europe, bringing the total number Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the
medical researchers. Geneticist Professor
of partners to 20. the memorandum of netherlands, norway, Poland, Portugal,
Andrew collins comments: ‘We need
Understanding was signed on 8 September by Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, turkey
extremely high levels of computing power
Professor Stoyan markov, head of the national and UK.
in our work mapping the disease genes
centre for Supercomputing Applications for PrAce has also produced a set of 16 HPc
implicated in breast cancer and glaucoma.
bulgaria, and martin Duda, head of operational training videos that can be downloaded free of
With the volume of genome data increasing
programmes at the vSb centre, technical charge. the material for the videos was shot at
hugely each year, its analysis requires the
University of ostrava for the czech republic. two PrAce code-porting workshops in Finland
most highly-sophisticated facilities.’
the following countries now collaborate in and Switzerland.
Private cloud computing on the rise, survey reports
IT departments are increasingly looking resources as a service. By implementing a 80 per cent of Fortune 1000 enterprises
towards private cloud computing, according private cloud, IT uses the power of sharing will be paying for some cloud computing
to a survey of delegates at the recent to maximise the utilisation of compute, services and 30 per cent will be paying for
International Supercomputing Conference. networking and storage resources in an cloud computing infrastructure services.
The survey, carried out by Platform organisation. The compute-intensive nature Most surveyed (41 per cent) cited
Computing, showed that 28 per cent were of HPC applications lends themselves ‘improving efficiency’ as the biggest
planning to deploy private cloud in 2009, to the benefits of shared resource pools motivation for establishing a private cloud.
with the demand driven by the increased of private clouds. The concept of cloud This was followed by ‘resource scalability’
workload demand of applications and the computing has generated considerable (18 per cent), ‘cutting costs’ (17 per cent),
need for IT to cut costs at the same time. buzz in recent months and is expected to ‘experimenting with cloud computing’ (15
Cloud computing is an IT delivery model become increasingly popular over the next per cent) and ‘improving IT responsiveness’
that provides infrastructure and computer few years. According to Gartner, by 2012 (9 per cent).
SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING WORLD october/november 2009
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