SURA Grows Partnership with IBM

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The Southeastern Universities Research Association [SURA] has announced a major milestone in cultivating the high performance computing and grid infrastructure for the southeastern US research and education community. Through their partnership with IBM, SURA executed a bulk purchase of IBM HPC gear and saved over $4million.

“SURA is very pleased that we could broker the purchase of these IBM p575+ systems for our membership at such an aggressively low cost, particularly in these difficult times of constricting budgets. These systems provide a way for our members to augment their existing IBM systems in an extremely cost effective way,” said Jerry P. Draayer, President and CEO of SURA.

SURA brokered the purchase of a major sum of new IBM p575+ HPC systems as well as upgrades/additions to existing IBM SURA machines. The upgrades will go to LSU, Georgia State, Texas A&M and the University of Miami. All in all, the procurement will add nearly 10 Tflops of capacity to the existing systems.

Close collaboration with SURA institutions helps us implement best practices for high performance computing,” said Art Vandenberg, Director of Advanced IT Services for Georgia State University. “This current opportunity to acquire additional IBM System p5 compute cycles helps us expand our cyberinfrastructure to meet continued demand from our research faculty.” He added, “Georgia State certainly appreciates this direct and obvious benefit of SURA institutions working together.”

For more info on the latest SURA/IBM procurement, read the entire announcement here.