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New Syracuse Super to Study Gravitational Waves

The NSF has awarded Syracuse University $791,000 to build a supercomputer to help power the search for gravitational waves from distant objects in the universe. As a computing resource for the for scientists involved with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, the 2,500 CPU-core cluster will utilize 388 Tbytes of storage connected via gigabit Ethernet.

LIGO is now undergoing a major upgrade and SU physicists are playing a leading role in the project,’ said Duncan Brown, assistant professor of physics in The College of Arts and Sciences and principal investigator for the supercomputer project. ‘The Advanced LIGO detectors will enable us to see at least a thousand times more of the universe than the original detectors. The supercomputer project will provide vital technologies for analysing the data.”

The new supercomputer is expected to be fully deployed in Summer 2011.

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