CSU and CU-Boulder share new $3.9M supercomputer

Monday October 12, 2015 0 comments Tags: Fort Collins, CSU, Boulder, CU-Boulder, CSU Information Scie, National Science Fou, supercomputer, H.J. Siegel, Rocky Mountain Advan


FORT COLLINS -- A supercomputer that can cut day-long computations down to seconds is coming to Colorado State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

CSU said its Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC), in collaboration with CU-Boulder, has received a $2.73 million National Science Foundation grant to buy a state-of-the-art, high-performance computing system.CSU_logoUSE_1

CSU and CU will share the purchase and support of the system, which totals $3.9 million. The system will be available to faculty, students and staff at both institutions to advance research and education.

“By far, this will be Colorado State’s most advanced computing system ever,” said H.J. Siegel, the Abell Endowed Chair Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at CSU.

The HPC system will have more than 10,000 cores or processing units, CSU said, giving it an aggregate computing capacity of about 500 teraflops.

“If a scientific application that takes one day to execute on a high-end desktop can exploit the parallelism of our new system, its execution can be reduced from one day to 10 seconds," Siegel said.CU_logoUSE

High-performance computing supports research in a range of disciplines, including physics, engineering, materials science, Earth science and bioinformatics.

“The architectural features of this next-generation, many-core supercomputer will enhance student learning as they design, develop, deploy and execute applications,” Siegel said.

The system will be housed at CU-Boulder but will be accessed through a fiber connection so it will perform as if it were in CSU’s local network, CSU said.

Other members of the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium, as well as various universities and research centers in several states, will also be able to access the system.