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Primeur weekly 2014-05-19

The Cloud

IBM named no. 1 preferred provider of IaaS Cloud by enterprises ...

IBM closes acquisition of Silverpop ...

Introducing IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack ...

South Korean Agency turns to IBM mainframe Cloud to better engage and serve South Korean citizens ...

Bright Computing announces an integrated OpenStack solution at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta ...

Desktop Grids

Mass number-crunching may help crack Alzheimer's disease code ...

EuroFlash

PRACE Annual Report 2013 now available ...

DKRZ chooses Bull for its first Petaflops-scale supercomputer and for co-operation on climate research in Germany, as part of an initial contract worth 26 million euro ...

Barcelona hosts 500 experts in advanced computing ...

The turbulent birth of stars in galactic collisions ...

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings ...

USFlash

Carnegie Mellon will test Internet architecture in vehicular network and for on-line video ...

IBM unveils software defined storage technology for era of Big Data ...

PSC and Hopkins computer model helps Benin vaccinate more kids at lower cost ...

University of Maryland launches new supercomputer to expand high-performance computing for research ...

HP reinvents data back-up with predictive, social-enabled data protection ...

IBM Research sets new record for storing massive amounts of Big Data ...

IBM reveals new companies developing Watson-powered apps ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre second stage details released ...

Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials ...

HP helps customers speed design, deployment of applications and services ...

IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers ...

National Institutes of Health funding to help expand data storage capacity at UC Riverside ...

EMC inaugurates Big Data R&D centre in Brazil ...

Raritan unveils fast and intelligent rack power transfer switch at Cisco Live ...

University of Maryland launches new supercomputer to expand high-performance computing for research

14 May 2014 College Park - The University of Maryland (UMD) has unveiled Deepthought2, one of the nation's fastest university-owned supercomputers, to support advanced research activities ranging from studying the formation of the first galaxies to simulating fire and combustion for fire protection advancements. Developed with high-performance computing solutions from Dell, Deepthought2 has a processing speed of about 300 teraflops.

Deepthought2 is a significant asset of the new Cyberinfrastructure Center - a 9,000-square-foot data facility located in the Rivertech Building in the university's M Square Research Park.

"To be among the best requires research and educational facilities that are among the best", stated University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. "Deepthought2 will attract top researchers and students who need its data-intensive computing power", Dr. Loh stated.

Several university divisions and colleges and researchers from a variety of disciplines worked together to obtain this new central computing resource and to bring online the new Cyberinfrastructure Center - a facility specifically designed to provide the needed space, energy efficient climate control, and back-up power for the supercomputer.

"Deepthought2 places the University of Maryland in a leadership position in the use of high-performance computing in support of diverse and complex research", stated Ann G. Wylie, professor and interim vice president for information technology. "This new supercomputer will allow hundreds of university faculty, staff, and students to pursue a broad range of research computing activities locally - such as multi-level simulations, Big Data analysis, and large-scale computations - that previously could only be run on national supercomputers", Dr. Wylie stated.

Deepthought2 replaces the original Deepthought, installed in 2006. The new supercomputer, which is 10 times faster than its predecessor, can complete between 250 trillion and 300 trillion operations per second. It has a petabyte (1 million gigabytes) of storage and is connected by an InfiniBand network, a very high-speed internal network. Put another way, Deepthought2 is the equivalent of 10,000 laptops working together, it has 2,000 times the storage of an average laptop, and its internal network is 50 times faster than broadband.

"Supercomputers are increasingly being used in all areas of research, and computing resources that can sift through vast amounts of data at incredible speeds are becoming essential tools in expanding the frontiers of knowledge and in solving the urgent scientific and societal problems of our times", stated Fran LoPresti, deputy CIO of cyberinfrastructure and research IT for the Division of Information Technology.

Ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities, the University of Maryland has been awarded approximately $500 million annually in external research funding in recent years.

"High-performance computing is key, and Deepthought2's expanded capabilities will further Maryland's research funding competitiveness and help UMD researchers bring in new grant money to fund the science enabled by such a powerful local facility", stated Derek Richardson, UMD professor of astronomy.

Based on current standings, Deepthought2 is expected to rank among the top high-performance computing clusters located at U.S. universities and among the top 500 clusters in the world. Supercomputers are qualified according to a standardized benchmarking test, and then they are ranked by the TOP500 Project.

"We are pleased to partner with the University of Maryland as institution leaders further their high-performance computing initiatives and continue to leverage technology to provide top-notch research and scholarly pursuits for faculty, students, and staff", stated John Mullen, vice president and general manager, Dell Large Institution Sales.
Source: University of Maryland

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-05-19

The Cloud

IBM named no. 1 preferred provider of IaaS Cloud by enterprises ...

IBM closes acquisition of Silverpop ...

Introducing IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack ...

South Korean Agency turns to IBM mainframe Cloud to better engage and serve South Korean citizens ...

Bright Computing announces an integrated OpenStack solution at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta ...

Desktop Grids

Mass number-crunching may help crack Alzheimer's disease code ...

EuroFlash

PRACE Annual Report 2013 now available ...

DKRZ chooses Bull for its first Petaflops-scale supercomputer and for co-operation on climate research in Germany, as part of an initial contract worth 26 million euro ...

Barcelona hosts 500 experts in advanced computing ...

The turbulent birth of stars in galactic collisions ...

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings ...

USFlash

Carnegie Mellon will test Internet architecture in vehicular network and for on-line video ...

IBM unveils software defined storage technology for era of Big Data ...

PSC and Hopkins computer model helps Benin vaccinate more kids at lower cost ...

University of Maryland launches new supercomputer to expand high-performance computing for research ...

HP reinvents data back-up with predictive, social-enabled data protection ...

IBM Research sets new record for storing massive amounts of Big Data ...

IBM reveals new companies developing Watson-powered apps ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre second stage details released ...

Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials ...

HP helps customers speed design, deployment of applications and services ...

IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers ...

National Institutes of Health funding to help expand data storage capacity at UC Riverside ...

EMC inaugurates Big Data R&D centre in Brazil ...

Raritan unveils fast and intelligent rack power transfer switch at Cisco Live ...