New supercomputer in South Australia

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The South Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (SAPAC) announced yesterday that they are adding a new Xeon-based SGI Altix XE1300 to their existing supercomputing resources.

SAPAC is a partnership of the three South Australian universities – Adelaide, Flinders and UniSA. The new machine will help South Australia to tackle some of the big issues in scientific and applied research, such as water resources and environmental management.

The system, to be called Corvus, is composed of 544 computational cores in 68 Altix XE310 compute nodes. Each node has dual quad-core Intel processors and 16 GB of memory per node (these are “Clovertown” processors for those playing the Intel processor naming convention home game).

This system will compliment other systems at SAPAC, including an SGI Altix 300 purchased in 2004, an IBM eServer 1350 Linux cluster, and a Sun E420R cluster.

SGI’s press release is here.


  1. christine richardson says

    Do these computers analyse advanced brain research (algorithms) or visual technologies data? Can they accept data directly via satellite and transmit data via satellite? Which ones, if any, could achieve this? How do I access them.
    (south australia)

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