Avoca Now Fastest Super in Australia

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This past weekend VLSCI installed Avoca, the fastest supercomputer in Australia. With a mission to accelerate life science computation, the new machine comprises 4 racks of Blue Gene/Q and is due to come online in early July with 836 teraflops of processing power.

Each node has 16 Power cores and 16GBytes RAM. There is hardware support for up to four threads per core so, depending on your application (and its memory needs), you may think of a node as supporting anything between 16 and 64 processes. Indeed, like the BG/P, it is possible to make more than one GByte RAM available to each process by using less than 16 cores.

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