University of Tasmania Buys SGI ICE for Climate Research

SGI announced today that the Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing [TPAC] at the University of Tasmania’s [UTAS] supercomputing facility has purchased a new SGI ICE cluster.  The new machine is destined to crunch workloads for computing Antarctic climate research.  The 64 blade ICE cluster has 512 cores and a terabyte of memory.  “Katabatic”, as its called, will also come attached with over 70TB of disk storage and 500TB of tape storage.

Katabatic supports vital, nationally important research for projects requiring state-of-the-art HPC capabilities, including in ocean, atmosphere, Antarctic ice sheet and climate modeling, computational chemistry and fluid dynamics,” said Dr. Nathan Bindoff, University of Tasmania professor and partnership director, and Nobel Laureate. “SGI Altix ICE supercomputers help our HPC facility maintain UTAS’ position as a leading center for marine and climate research in Australia.”

SGI Altix ICE is a fundamental tool that will help the University of Tasmania advance its globally significant climate research,” said Al Dei Maggi, vice president of sales for Japan and Asia Pacific at SGI. “Altix ICE will give its users tremendous compute performance and storage capacity to continue their important work.”

TPAC already has thirty full-time users and over 100 university researchers from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC), the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), the School of Chemistry, the School of Maths and Physics, and the Menzies Research Institute lined up to shared time.   For more info, read the full release here.

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