Media Invitation: Introducing Stampede, A New Supercomputer to Enable and Accelerate Open Science Research in the United States

  Media Invitation: Introducing Stampede, A New Supercomputer to Enable and
  Accelerate Open Science Research in the United States

Business Wire

-- March 21, 2013

You’re invited to the dedication of Stampede, a new supercomputer that enables
and accelerates open science research in the U.S. and solidifies Texas’
growing reputation for scientific and technological leadership: Wednesday,
March 27, at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus starting at 3:00 p.m.

WHAT

A national team of supercomputing experts is dedicating Stampede, one of the
world’s most powerful supercomputers, deployed by the Texas Advanced Computing
Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the 2.2-petaflop base
cluster accepted by NSF in February is specifically designed to support
thousands of diverse research projects across the United States, enabling
widespread scientific and engineering advances not previously possible.
Stampede is the largest Dell public production cluster deployed to date, and
features Dell’s latest PowerEdge servers.

In addition, TACC has nearly completed integration of the largest
configuration of the new Intel Xeon Phi parallel coprocessors into Stampede,
providing more than seven petaflops of additional performance. The integrated
Stampede system is nearly 10 petaflops, capable of performing nearly 10
quadrillion mathematical operations a second—that’s one million, multiplied by
one million, multiplied by ten thousand.

Promising research is already underway to predict the frequency of damaging
earthquakes in California; to better identify and image brain tumors by
combining MRI scan data with biophysical models to represent the full extent
of tumor growth; and to design nanocatalysts that capture CO2 from exhaust and
convert it into a valuable substance used in industrial applications.

WHO

The following stakeholders will speak at the dedication: Congressman Lamar
Smith; President William Powers (The University of Texas at Austin); Michael
Dell (Dell Inc.); Diane Bryant (Intel); Farnam Jahanian (National Science
Foundation); and Jay Boisseau (Texas Advanced Computing Center).

WHY

Increased computational capability makes a significant difference in a
researcher’s ability to model and simulate complex physical phenomena. Leading
scientists are addressing society’s greatest challenges using Stampede to push
the frontiers of science and engineering.

WHEN & WHERE

Wednesday, March 27: J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet, Commons
Building, Austin.

  *3:00-4:00pm Welcome Reception (Atrium, Commons Building)
  *4:00-4:45pm Dedication Remarks (Big Tex Auditorium, Commons Building)
  *4:45-5:15pm Media Q&A (Big Tex Auditorium, Commons Building)
  *5:15-6:00pm System Tours (ROC, Building 196 – shuttle available)

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

  *Refer to agenda above.
  *High-res, downloadable photos of the Stampede supercomputer are available:
    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/42452037/StampedePics.zip

Contact:

Texas Advanced Computing Center
Faith Singer-Villalobos, 512-232-5771
faith@tacc.utexas.edu
or
Dell Inc.
Cathie Hargett, 512-728-7347
Cathie_Hargett@dell.com
or
National Science Foundation
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, 703-292-831
lzgorski@nsf.gov
or
Intel
Radoslaw Walczyk, +1-408-765 0012
Mobile: +1-408-896-8267
radoslaw.walczyk@intel.com
 
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