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Lenovo Powers Phoenix Supercomputer at University of Adelaide

Researchers at the University of Adelaide will soon have access to a new Lenovo supercomputer named “Phoenix” with as much as 30 times more computing power than before. Up until now, researchers requiring high performance computing were relegated to using external, shared national or state HPC resources which had to be booked in advance. The new supercomputer will mean ready access and faster research outcomes.

Investment in Phoenix is about giving our researchers the tools they need to keep producing world-class research,” says Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Mike Brooks. “The University of Adelaide is home to five world-class research institutes and about 50 specialist research centres in a wide range of disciplines from chemical engineering to agriculture. Most of these research areas require a great deal of computing power to analyze data and model solutions.

“From modeling turbines for clean energy systems to processing enormous genomic datasets, our new supercomputer will support cutting-edge research for years to come.”

Phoenix, based on a Lenovo NeXtScale System M5 cluster, has over 3800 processor cores and over 15,000 GB of memory.

“As one of Australia’s foremost research institutions, we’ve seen demand for high performance computing resources skyrocket over the past five years,” says Mark Gregory, the University’s Chief Information Officer. “We knew that to continue supporting world-leading research, we needed to increase the computation power available. 

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