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IBM Powers Florida Polytechnic Supercomputing Center

floridaToday Florida Polytechnic University announced a new supercomputing center at the University composed of IBM high performance systems, software, and cloud-based storage. As the newest addition to the State University System of Florida, Florida Polytechnic is dedicated exclusively to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with an inaugural class of 500 students.

Florida Polytechnic University’s STEM-based mission is directly aligned with the business models of IBM and Flagship, and it has been very satisfying to work with the leadership at those two firms to make the Supercomputer happen on an expeditious timeline,” said Tom Hull, Vice President and CIO for Florida Polytechnic University. “After considering the mission of the University, I realized that an IBM Supercomputer Complex could satisfy our need for a High Performance Computing center and a Student Data Center for both our curriculum and applied research at a high level. The highly technical talent at Flagship and IBM has been instrumental in helping enhance the idea of a Supercomputer at Florida Polytechnic University. We have architected a complex that will enable the technical ambitions and programs of this new University.”

The new 2,500-square-foot supercomputing center is located at the heart of campus, enclosed in glass rooms so students, faculty and visitors can observe the work being done with the systems. The supercomputer consists of five racks of systems that include nearly 1,000 core processors, IBM software defined storage technology — code name Elastic Storage — that manages more than 150 terabytes of data, 3.072 terabytes of online memory, and Platform Computing software to maximize prioritized job scheduling and utilization.

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