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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