NSF-supported Stampede opens the gates of advanced computation to thousands of research teams

SF-supported Stampede opens the gates of advanced computation to thousands of research teams March 28, 2013 Stampede is a world-class supercomputer with comprehensive simulation and data analysis capabilities. Credit: TACC A National Science Foundation-supported, world-class supercomputer called Stampede—which has already enabled research teams to predict where and when earthquakes may strike, how much sea levels could rise and how fast brain tumors grow—was officially dedicated today. Ads by Google Information processing – Software, hardware, robotics, A.I., algorithms, web, neuroscience. – http://www.technology.org The ceremony, held at the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and attended by corporate, government, and university leaders, formally introduced Stampede to the open science community. Stampede is a cornerstone of NSF’s investment in an integrated advanced cyberinfrastructure, which empowers America’s scientists and engineers to interactively share advanced computational resources, data and expertise in order to further research across scientific disciplines. Stampede is now the most powerful and capable of the 16 high-performance computing, visualization and data analysis resources within the NSF Extreme Digital (XD) environment. “Cyberinfrastructure has increasingly become a critical component of the science and engineering enterprise and is essential to accelerating the pace of discovery and innovation in all fields of inquiry,” said Farnam Jahanian, head of NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. “Stampede is an important part of NSF’s portfolio for advanced computing infrastructure enabling cutting-edge foundational research for computational and data-intensive science and engineering. Society’s ability to address today’s global challenges depends on advancing cyberinfrastructure.” Joining Jahanian in dedicating Stampede were UT Austin President Bill Powers, Dell Enterprise Solutions President Marius Haas, Intel Vice President Diane Bryant, U.S. House Science Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, and TACC Director Jay Boisseau, who is also the leader of the Stampede project. Stampede expands the variety of data-intensive, computationally-challenging science and engineering applications that can be used with current national resources. It accommodates large-scale simulations that produce more accurate results. Stampede’s performance derives from two complementary processor technologies: First, a massive Dell cluster with Intel Xeon E5 processors provides a peak of 2.2 petaflops of computing power (this system has already been deployed and is fully subscribed for the next three months). 
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-nsf-supported-stampede-gates-advanced-thousands.html#jCp

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