Feeds

Imperial calls on SGI super for answers to big questions

Academic thinking

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Imperial College London, one of the UK's few world-class universities, has beefed up its HPC capabilities with an SGI supercomputer, the Altix ICE 8200 EX.

Neither party has disclosed the price or size of the set up, so over to SGI to explain what the installation will do.

The supercomputer is to become Imperial's high-end HPC system, providing a central service to handle all study and research applications common to HPC academia, such as computational fluid dynamics, and weather and ocean modelling.  SGI is on hand with in-house staff to help port and optimise apps to the new architecture.

The new system also acts as a stepping stone to the UK's national academic supercomputer service, which bears the rather silly name of HECToR, or High End Computing Terascale Resources.

Time for a quote from Simon Burbidge, HPC coordination manager at Imperial: "Due to the complex nature of the target applications, speed, performance and low latency are critical factors for our HPC users. 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."

The SGI Altix ICE 8200 EX is a massively parallel processing (MPP) supercomputer, which deploys Intel Xeon Nehalem processors in a blade architecture and dual- rail Infiniband interconnects. It houses up to 64 servers - 512 processor cores - in a single rack. You can get more spec here. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO
Time to put the storage biz up for sale?
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.