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Ember Supercomputer Gets Second Life Aiding Genomics

NCSA has gifted the Institute for Genomic Biology a highly parallel, shared memory supercomputer. Named Ember, the SGI system has become part of the IGB biocluster, adding 1536 cores and eight terabytes of memory spread across four nodes.

We’ve been using Ember for a while now through the NCSA, mainly in computational genomics,” said Victor Jongeneel, Director of HPCBio. “It can perform a lot of tasks that our existing systems just can’t. Having it under our own management will allow us better access and faster results.”

Ember was installed at the IGB after being decommission by NCSA in October. The two-year-old Ember system will be available to anyone on campus for a service fee, which will be placed in a fund to replace the infrastructure as it becomes dated. Read the Full Story.

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