Cray is starting to get traction with their “Project Baker” XE6 systems. This week, the University of Chicago Computation Institute and the National Institutes of Health announced the introduction of Beagle, a 150 teraflop Cray XE6 supercomputer that will support computation, simulation and data analysis for the biomedical research community. Housed at Argonne National Laboratory, the system and will be available for use by UC researchers starting in 1Q2011.
With a peak performance of 150 teraflops, the system is named after the HMS Beagle, the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his famous scientific voyage in 1831. While Darwin’s Beagle enabled discoveries that established a unifying theory for all life sciences, the unique capabilities of UC’s Beagle will enable transformative innovation in basic, translational and clinical research leading to improved diagnostic strategies and life-sustaining medical advances for all.