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Iowa State Spin Up Sun Super

Iowa State researchers led by Srinivas Aluru recently completed a new machine build deemed Cystorm.  The Sun Microsystems-based machine boasts a peak performance of 28.16Tflops, which is 3.3X more powerful than the previously HPC resource, an IBM BlueGene.  The new machine will be dedicated to workloads in materials science, power systems and systems biology.

These research efforts will lead to significant advances in the penetration of high performance computing technology,” says a summary of the Cystorm project. “The project will bring together multiple departments and research centers at Iowa State University and further enrich interdisciplinary culture and training opportunities.”

Aluru is joined on the Cystorm team by five other Iowa State researchers: Maneesha Aluru, an associate scientist in electrical and computer engineering and genetics, development and cell biology; Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, an assistant professor and William March Scholar in Mechanical Engineering; James McCalley, the Harpole Professor in Electrical Engineering; Krishna Rajan, a professor of materials science and engineering; and Arun Somani, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Jerry R. Junkins Endowed Chair of electrical and computer engineering. Steve Nystrom, a systems support specialist for the department of electrical and computer engineering, is the system administrator for Cystorm.

For more info, read the full release here.

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