Purdue University has announced that it has taken delivery of a shiny new SiCortex computing platform. This marks the second public delivery announcement of SiCortex’s 5832 computing platform. According to the VP for information technology at Purdue, Gerry McCartney, the main driver for purchasing from SiCortex was the power savings.
The net energy savings is significant. We expect to see a reduction of 75 percent to 80 percent of the costs of the energy and the associated costs of the cooling in using this machine,” McCartney says. “But this is an experimental machine in the sense that we are just learning how to use it to make real scientific discoveries.”
“The electricity needs of the supercomputers and the associated cooling can sometimes limit the amount of science that can be done.”
According to SiCortex, each of the 5,832 MIPS cores will draw around 600 milliwatts each. This is quite a departure from the typical s
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