Cray XK6 Super Computer in UOI
If working on a micro-computer is not your way, then you should start preparing for University of Illinois’ entrance exam as they have strike a deal with Cray Inc. to install a super computer in the University for Extensive Computing Needs.
Cray XK6 which would be installed in University in Illinois to satisfy computing needs of National Science Foundation’s Blue Waters project would have a brilliant 50-petaflop processing speed, 500-petabytes (that’s 524 million Gigabyte) and would run on multiple AMD Bulldozer powered 16-core Opteron processors and NVIDIA Tesla GPUs.
About Cray XK6 Super Computer
It was announced back in May this year, it has been manufactured using Blade architecture with four nodes. As mentioned above, each node can support a maximum of 4 AMD Bulldozer powered 16-core Opteron 6200 processor, up to 32 GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 5 GB of GDDR5 RAM (both connected using PCI Express 2.0) and X2090 GPU from NVIDIA for modelling things.
By using Cray XK6 super computer, scientists are going to work on research projects in a very experimental manner. They are going to use its massive computing power to create deadly, disastrous real world phenomenon and try to understand their working and simulate solutions to those problems.
For example, using massive computing power of Cray XK6 super computer, scientists in University of Illinois would study damages caused by Earthquakes, action of viruses while they break into cell, year on year melting of polar ice caps etc. Theoretical knowledge is often not enough to deal with natural hazards and that’s where Cray XK6 super computer would have its major application.
Although, spending $188 million is a very big investment but I believe Scientists are possibly going to learn a lot about these hazards which are, in most cases, unavoidable and this would help them device strategies and equipments which would help in avoiding them or at least reduce their impact to some extent.
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