University of São Paulo Achieves 100x Speedup with SGI Altix

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To help Brazil maintain its recently achieved goal of oil self-sufficiency, the Numerical Offshore Tank-TPN laboratory at the State University of São Paulo (USP) selected shared memory, high-performance compute and scalable SGI® InfiniteStorage systems from SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) to employ, and further develop, an exciting new computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. The laboratory’s main focus is to develop and analyze floating offshore production systems for deep-water oil and gas production managed by Petrobras, Brazil’s national oil and gas company. In the six months the USP lab has been using the SGI® Altix® system, purchased with funding from the Brazilian government and Petrobras, researchers report the code scales extremely well and runs up to 100 times faster on the SGI Altix system than on their home-grown cluster environment.

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