High Performance Computing: University of Minnesota is Driven to Discover Performance

itc_cs_universityofminnesota_xeon_carousel_preview.jpgFor more than 25 years, the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute for Advanced Computational Research (MSI) has provided high performance computing (HPC) resources for researchers in a broad range of academic fields. When it was time to refresh its HPC resources, MSI chose systems based on Intel® Xeon processors 5500  and 7500 series. The 8,688-core Itasca HPC cluster uses the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series to deliver twice the performance of previous-generation Intel® processors while controlling power and cooling. The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series provides the foundation for the 1,152-core, shared-memory Koronis cluster, which will help solve complex problems in the life sciences.

“On average, applications run nearly two times faster on the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series than on previous-generation Intel processors,” explained Brian Rogers Hullman, director of system administration and technical operations at MSI.“ That speed will help researchers publish results sooner and give them the time for further exploration.

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