Top 25 of 2012: Supercomputing

Clyde Kimball (front) and Nicholas Karonis with NIU’s new computer cluster.

Clyde Kimball (front) and Nicholas Karonis with NIU’s new computer cluster.

As 2012 draws to a close, NIU Today is offering a look back at 25 of the top stories from the year.

No. 23

Computing power at NIU took a quantum leap forward with the unveiling of a new computer cluster that can handle 30 trillion calculations per second.

It will create opportunities for students wanting to learn about supercomputing and open up new frontiers for NIU researchers who need to crunch vast amounts of data.

The hybrid GPU/CPU supercomputer has a capacity of more than 30 teraflops, meaning it can do more than 30 trillion calculations per second. It is expected to usher in a new era of high performance computing at NIU, opening up opportunities for faculty researchers in a wide of array disciplines and for students interested in supercomputing.

In terms of speed, memory and storage capacity, the computer cluster would likely rank among the top 600 supercomputers worldwide. It was powered up this month and is currently undergoing testing.

The complete story is available online.

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