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green supercomputer at new HPC Centre
Singapore’s main science
and technology university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), receives
a significant boost in its research efforts with the installation of a green
supercomputer at its new High Performance Computing (HPC) Centre on campus.
The installation of this supercomputer is in collaboration with leading IT
giants Jardine OneSolution, IBM, Intel and Red Hat.
NTU’s HPC Centre, expected to be operational in October 2009, will be based
on the first IBM System x iDataplex cluster in ASEAN and the largest in Asia
Pacific. It is powered by the new Intel Xeon processor 5500 series that
automatically adjusts to specified energy usage levels and speed data centre
transactions, thus reducing electricity consumption.
With its measured computing power (Rmax) of over 28 teraflops (trillion
mathematical calculations per second), NTU’s HPC system will be the fastest
in ASEAN. This HPC Centre’s supercomputer is currently placed at No. 267 of
the world’s most powerful supercomputers, according to the latest TOP500
List. It is also the 24th most energy efficient system on the Green500 list
with 266.68 Mflops (millions of floating point operations per second) per
With this HPC system, the impact will be extensive across disciplines, from
developing future energy sources, studying global climate change, designing
new materials, to understanding biological systems and physics of complex
socio-economic systems, among others. More can also be achieved in research
such as in the modelling of volcanic activities, to understanding the
earth’s tectonic movements, research in the study of water treatment
process, as well as the simulation of flight dynamics.
“With growing HPC adoption worldwide, we are excited that the new facility
will put NTU at the forefront of high performance computing,” said Professor
Bertil Andersson, Provost, NTU.
“By offering it as a central computing resource to the 2,800 faculty and
researchers in the university, we cater to the varied computing needs
demanded by the academic disciplines in the Institution and facilitate
advancement of our many strategic research initiatives.”