Free cluster for a good cause

SCC11 system up for grabs

Silicon Mechanics, a mid-sized manufacturer of rackmount servers, clusters, and storage arrays, is celebrating its 10th birthday by giving away a lot of stuff. First, the company did a great job sponsoring Boston University in this month's SC11 Student Cluster Competition in Seattle (SCC11).

Fueled by Silicon Mechanics gear, the team snared fourth place overall – quite an achievement given the caliber and experience of the competitors.

Team Boston, aided by Art Mann of Silicon Mechanics, had one of the largest and most powerful configurations - a hybrid system with 11 dual-socket nodes containing 336 AMD Interlagos cores, 352 GB of main memory, and four of the latest NVIDIA Tesla C2090 GPU accelerators.

But Silicon Mechanics isn’t done yet: the firm invites researchers to apply for a grant to receive the former ‘Team Boston’ cluster. The grant is open to any U.S. or Canadian post-secondary educational institution (or research affiliates); non-profit research labs; or researchers at government labs.

Qualified applicants can submit their proposals from now through February 15, 2012. The winning proposal will be announced March 15, 2012. Rules and the application form are available at

In this video, Art Mann discusses how Silicon Mechanics got involved with the Student Cluster Competition, why the company decided to sponsor a team, and about the grant program. ®

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