The University of Arkansas is installing a new 1,256-core Xeon super from Dell (InfiniBand interconnect) with all that money they got from the NSF late last year. The computer, called the Star of Arkansas, is the fastest super in the state.
Like Red Diamond, Star will be connected to the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network, making it accessible to scientists and engineers in Arkansas and the region to collaborate with university researchers. In addition, the supercomputer and optical network enable collaborative courses in high-performance and grid computing, as well as seminars and academic courses, attracting new users and building computational expertise in the region. The Star of Arkansas will also be used to teach undergraduate and graduate students how to perform complex modeling and simulations.
More at HPCwire.