Mines' new 155 teraflop supercomputer boasts unique dual architecture

By: Steve Thursday May 23, 2013 0 comments Tags: BlueM, Golden, NCAR, School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines logoGOLDEN - Colorado School of Mines announced its new 155 teraflop supercomputer - dubbed "BlueM" - will allow researchers to run large simulations in support of the university's core research areas while operating on the forefront of algorithm development using a powerful hybrid system.

The system, which replaces the school's 23-teraflop computer, will be housed at the National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in a major collaboration between the two organizations.

NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Research to be conducted on BlueM includes biomass conversion and stability of biomass fuels, fuel cells, fundamental battery research, hydrate nucleation, wind energy, hydropower, carbon sequestration, solar cells and material science applicable to solar cells including nanostructures and nanowires, fission reactor design, the environmental impact of the pine beetle infestation, atmospheric scattering affecting climate, interactions between surface and ground water and seismic modeling, Mines said.

The new machine will be housed in NCAR's Mesa Lab in Boulder but will operate on Mines' computing network. It is unique among high-performance computers in the region because it features a dual architecture system combining the IBM BlueGene Q and IBM iDataplex platforms - the first time the configuration has been installed together.

For more information, visit www.minesnewsroom.com.

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