RPI also revealed that it had named the new IBM BlueGene/Q system "Amos" -- after the school's cofounder,
The Amos name -- created by alumnus
RPI also revealed that the supercomputer -- believed to have cost RPI and
"Imagine being able to more precisely predict complex events with global impact, events such as hurricanes or flu pandemics or crises in the financial markets," RPI President
Amos, which has five racks of
The system, which RPI has been gradually installing over the past 12 months, replaces a less-powerful,
In June, Amos was the 76th-most powerful supercomputer in the world -- but that was with only one rack of IBM BlueGene computers installed. With all five racks installed, its ranking is expected to considerably improve. RPI said Amos is now among the four most powerful university-based supercomputers in
"Immense calculations that previously might have taken weeks or months now can be done during a coffee break," Jackson said.
The most powerful supercomputer in the world, according to Top500, a ranking of the world's supercomputers, is called Tianhe-2, a 54-petaflop supercomputer located at
In that list, which came out in June, 1 petaflop computers are ranked around 25, which means the RPI supercomputer could jump as many as 50 spots.
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