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CyVerse to Transition to New Supercomputing System

Photonics.com
Jun 2017
AUSTIN, Texas, June 12, 2017 — CyVerse, a federation of the University of Arizona, Texas Advanced Computing Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will transition its high-performance computing (HPC) systems to Stampede2, a new, large-scale supercomputing system funded by the National Science Foundation.

The system has been deployed at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin. Stampede2 will provide improved HPC capabilities for thousands of researchers across the U.S., and the first phase of the system will reach production in the summer of 2017.

“Stampede2’s capabilities will complement and significantly expand the diverse portfolio of computing resources increasingly essential to exploration at the frontiers of science and engineering,” said Irene Qualters, NSF Division Director for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure.

The Stampede2 system is deployed and operated by TACC with a team that includes Clemson University, Cornell University, the University of Colorado Boulder, Indiana University, Ohio State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Stampede is delivered by vendor partners Dell Technologies, Intel and Seagate.

"At CyVerse, we work to continually improve our cyberinfrastructure,” said Nirav Merchant, co-principal investigator of CyVerse and director of information technology at Arizona Research Labs at The University of Arizona. “Our partnership with TACC allows us to leverage cutting-edge computational platforms like Stampede and Stampede2 to bring our users greater computing power and speed to help them achieve their research and development goals.”

Researchers will have access to Stampede2 and other advanced computing resources including visualizations, data storage and testbeds through CyVerse and XSEDE. Stampede2 will double the peak performance, memory, storage capacity and bandwidth of its predecessor, Stampede. The Stampede system will complete its five-year period in 2017.

“Stampede has been used for everything from determining earthquake risks to help set building codes for homes and commercial buildings, to computing the largest mathematical proof ever constructed,” said Dan Stanzione, executive director of TACC and principal investigator of the Stampede and Stampede 2 projects. “We thank the NSF for trusting us again with the tremendous responsibility of supporting our nation's researchers as they push the boundaries of discovery."

The original Stampede system will complete its five-year period in 2017.

"The kind of large-scale computing and data capabilities systems like Stampede and Stampede2 provide are crucial for innovation in almost every area of research and development, from providing insights to fundamental theory to applied work that has real near-term impacts on society,”said Stanzione. 

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