New Mexico Boots Up World’s Third Fastest Computer

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 28 — The third most powerful computer on the planet will take center stage today as New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson joins other leaders in saluting the arrival of the massive supercomputer that will drive groundbreaking research for education and commerce in the state.

A 14,336-core SGI Altix ICE system from SGI, the supercomputer is noteworthy for more than its sheer power: the new system was up and running only 48 hours after it arrived. That’s a significant accomplishment because many top-ranked supercomputers can take weeks or even months to deploy.

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Hundreds of SGI Customers Contribute to Latest Report From Nobel Prize-Winning Climate Change Panel

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NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — 88th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting — More than one-third of the contributors to the latest report from the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) represent institutes whose scientific studies rely on solutions from SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) .

“Climate Change 2007, the Fourth IPCC Assessment Report” reflects the current state of knowledge on climate change compiled by 585 scientists from around the world. Some 200 are affiliated with laboratories, government agencies or research institutes that conduct weather and climate studies with SGI(R) compute, storage and visualization systems.
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PSC to Acquire Two SGI Altix Shared Memory Systems

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PITTSBURGH, Jan. 16 — The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has contracted with SGI to acquire two SGI Altix 4700 systems. One of the new systems (768 processors, 1.5 terabytes of memory, 5.0 teraflops peak performance) will be integrated into the TeraGrid, the National Science Foundation program of comprehensive cyberinfrastructure, substantially increasing the “shared memory” capability available through NSF for U.S. science and engineering research.

PSC’s other new SGI Altix system (144 processors, 288 gigabytes memory), acquired with support from NIH’s National Center for Research Resources for PSC’s biomedical program, the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing (NRBSC), will be devoted exclusively to biomedical research. “To make a system of this scale openly available for biomedical research is unprecedented,” said NRBSC director Joel Stiles.
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Universite de Montreal Researchers Simulate World’s Largest Heart Model Using SGI Technology

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In the quest to discover how the mechanisms of disease work, researchers at the Universite de Montreal (UdM) have run the largest mathematical simulation of a heart ever assembled — a 2 billion element model — on a high-performance computing system from SGI (Nasdaq: SGIC). The new UdM model is up to 1,000 times more detailed than previous models, enabling new scientific discoveries that would never be possible via observation alone.
Until recently, the largest heart models in the world had at most a few million elements. Over the last nine months, Dr. Mark Potse and Dr Alain Vinet, both affiliated with the Research Center of Sacre-Coeur Hospital and the Biomedical Engineering department at UdM, began running 100 to 120 million-point models as part of their heart disease research on an SGI(R) Altix(R) 4700 system, believed to be the largest shared memory computing system in Canada.
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