Stampede Supercomputer to Give Scientists a Powerful New Tool

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The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) expects its new Stampede supercomputer to pursue complex science problems with more detail and complexity than before. Debuting at #7 on the TOP500, the machine will deliver 20 times the peak performance of its predecessor, Ranger, which is scheduled to end its five-year career in early February 2013. Stampede, which costs $27.5 million, will move into formal production in January as one of the world’s most powerful computers devoted to “open science” research.

New technologies enable you to see the world in new ways,” TACC Director Jay Boisseau said, “enabling scientists to build more complex models of everything from tiny cells to global climate patterns. Sometimes you pass some resolution thresholds and you see things in an entirely different way.”

Boisseau also said his team’s tight partnership with Dell and Intel was essential for the project. The machine features more than 6,000 Dell Zeus servers powered by Intel’s Xeon E5 processor chips and the new Intel Xeon Phi coprocesssor. Read the Full Story.