The state's premier research university is again ranked as a leading academic supercomputing site, according to an international organization dedicated to cataloging the world's most powerful computer systems.
"Dating back to 1996, MSU has had a computer system on 19 of the last 37 Top500 lists," said
"We have a long-standing commitment to providing powerful, technologically-advanced resources for our researchers," he said.
Located at MSU's High Performance Computing Collaboratory, Shadow is the primary high-performance computing asset for shared research at the university, and supports the
The Cray system runs a broad set of applications, including fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, materials modeling, astrophysics, molecular modeling, transportation modeling and planning, weather and ocean modeling, geographic information systems, genomics and bioinformatics.
Shadow is 10 times faster than the university's previous fastest system, but consumes far less energy, Breckenridge said.
The system features an innovative, liquid-cooled design that uses warm water heat exchangers instead of chillers to directly cool the computer's processors and memory, allowing for a more efficient removal of system heat, he explained.
"The water used to cool the system is the temperature of the outside air, up to 104 degrees, with almost no additional air conditioning required," Breckenridge said.
There are four other systems in
"The supercomputing power we have in
"The economic impact of Shadow and our other resources is significant now, and we expect that to grow in the coming years," he added.
Of note, Shadow was also on the
The complete Top 500 Supercomputer Site list may be viewed at www.top500.org.
For more about MSU's HPC2, visit www.hpc.msstate.edu.
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