SGI Supercomputing Solutions Enable Professor Stephen Hawking’s UK Cosmos Consortium to Shed Light on the Structure of the Universe

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READING, UK and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — To take advantage of substantial increases in speed and energy efficiency, the COSMOS consortium which has been using SGI(R) high-performance computing (HPC) solutions since 1997, has upgraded its system with the purchase of a 152-core, 456GB SGI(R) Altix(R) 4700 shared-memory system from SGI .

Professor Stephen Hawking’s UK COSMOS consortium is Europe’s leading group of investigators studying all aspects of cosmology-from simulating the origins of the universe to investigating theories of how we see it today. The consortium, which is supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), includes 28 investigators at ten UK institutions, as well as international collaborators who are able to make use of its resources.

Substantial increases in speed and energy efficiency, compared to its previous Altix 3700 system were crucial in securing funding for the upgrade.

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