HP Offers Researchers a Bold New Choice with 11.8-teraflop Supercomputer

Apr 05, 2005

HP today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's new state-of-the art research supercomputer has completed a two-year acceptance process by the agency's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).
The product of an intensive collaboration between HP and PNNL, the 11.8-teraflop, Linux-based supercomputer was designed specifically for computational biology and chemistry research, and is one of the fastest in the world for those applications.
It boasts power of nearly 2,000 1.5-gigahertz Intel Itanium 2 processors that have the ability to communicate with each other in less than three micro-seconds. It also has 6.8 terabytes of local memory.

Scientists already are using a variety of applications on the supercomputer to analyze and compile data regarding geochemical modeling, heavy element chemistry, modeling of chemistry on porous sites, groundwater flow simulations, nanosize particle modeling, and evaluation of molecular thermodynamics, kinetics and prediction of excited states.

"The HP and PNNL collaboration is a good example of how industry and research laboratories can partner to create unique solutions to national problems," said Dr. George Michaels, director of the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate at PNNL. "Our collaboration has resulted in building a supercomputer that will enable scientists to integrate and access data at an unprecedented rate, transforming their ability to do detailed computer modeling on a whole host of subjects. Research scientists from around the world will be able to make use of its power."

Bill Mutell, senior vice president of Worldwide Public Sector, Health and Education at HP, said, "The collaboration between HP and the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory exemplifies HP's strategy of working in partnership with our customers, while applying our long-standing commitment to serious R&D and the creation of advanced computing systems. This supercomputer will help open new avenues of scientific inquiry around the globe."

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Wash., is one of nine U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) multi-program national laboratories. PNNL is operated by Battelle on behalf of DOE's Office of Science. In addition to supporting the research and education of future scientists and engineers, PNNL focuses on delivering breakthrough science and technology to meet key national environmental, energy, health and national security objectives. The DOE's William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, located on the campus of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is widely regarded as the premier laboratory for computational biology and chemistry.

Explore further: Ineda developing low power companion processors to increase battery life for wearables

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Water scarcity and climate change through 2095

Aug 18, 2014

What will a global water scarcity map look like in 2095? Radically different, according to scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, depending on the type and the stringency of the climate mitigation ...

Cherry picking molecules based on their Pi electrons

Aug 18, 2014

Specialized windshield glass, everyday plastic water bottles, and countless other products are based on ethylene, a simple two-carbon molecule, which requires an energy-intense separation process to pluck ...

Research masters the misunderstood mixed-phase cloud

Aug 12, 2014

They are ice, they are rain—and sometimes in-between. Mixed-phase clouds, ubiquitous in the Arctic, are an enigma for scientists trying to understand their role in affecting the climate. In a study led ...

Recommended for you

Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?

3 hours ago

Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.

WEF unveils 'crowdsourcing' push on how to run the Web

3 hours ago

The World Economic Forum unveiled a project on Thursday aimed at connecting governments, businesses, academia, technicians and civil society worldwide to brainstorm the best ways to govern the Internet.

Nigeria launches national identity card scheme

3 hours ago

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday launched a national electronic identity card scheme, which backers said would boost access to financial and government services in Africa's most populous nation.

SHORE facial analysis spots emotions on Google Glass

3 hours ago

One of the key concerns about facial recognition software has been over privacy. The very idea of having tracking mechanisms as part of an Internet-connected wearable would be likely to upset many privacy ...

User comments : 0