UA deploys FPGA-based Altix

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And speaking of FPGAs, HPCwire let us know that the University of Arizona has deployed a new SGI Altix 4700 with 512-cores, 1TB of shared memory, and RASC RC100 blades with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs).

The combination of SGI Altix systems with integrated FPGA technology accelerated BLAST searches in bioinformatics up to 20 times faster than their previous computing resource. The SGI RASC RC100 will be used to speed the UA’s bioinformatics research, as well as a resource for the University’s Arizona Research Laboratories (ARL) results in population genetics, evolutionary migration patterns, and bio-diversity.