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The University of Strathclyde's new supercomputer, based on a Sun Microsystems kit, is now up and running. Strathclyde spent £500,000 on the high-performance computer (HPC), which has a performance peak of 13 teraflops and consists of 1,088 computing cores and 100 terabytes of data storage tied to a Quad data rate Infiniband network. The university defines its power in terms of the clustering of Sun HPC servers into a single logical computing unit, and notes that the use of Sun's parallel file system, Lustre, offers scalability without the development of bottlenecks.

"This state-of-the-art facility will help us perform engineering and scientific modeling to a level of detail that would not be possible using physical experiments," says Strathclyde professor Jason Reese. "The investment reflects Strathclyde's vision to be a leading international technological university."

The Faculty of Engineering will use the HPC to solve problems relating to the simulation of fluids at nanoscale levels, predicting welding distortion, and complex forms of aerodynamics.

From Computerworld UK
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