Imperial College London Buys SGI ICE

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The Imperial College London has added capability to its HPC facility.  The new gear comes from the folks at SGI and arrived with ICE 8200EX markings.  The dual-rail Infiniband system will be used as a general resource for all scientific and research disciplines at the school.

Due to the complex nature of the target applications, speed, performance and low latency are critical factors for our HPC users,” said Simon Burbidge, HPC coordination manager at Imperial College London. “The new SGI installation has proven to perform very well across these attributes and will enable researchers at the university to tackle larger, more difficult problems than ever before.”

Imperial College London is at the absolute forefront of technological development and scientific understanding,” said Rod Evans, vice president of sales for Northern Europe at SGI. “Altix ICE will help drive its academic research to new levels with highly reliable, extremely energy efficient and scalable hardware, allowing them to continually evolve their HPC capabilities.”

No word on the specific system configuration, but in general, the ICE comes installed with up to 512 cores in a single rack.  For more info, read SGI’s full release here.