April 9, 2008
Cray gearing towards Petaflop computing for University of Tennessee
The National Science Foundation Supercomputing has funded a $65 million for a next-generation computing system to be used for scientific research by The University Of Tennessee (UT) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for Computational Sciences. Details about the system have not been announced, however, the university said that the hardware would cost about $30 million, while the cost to operate the computer over the next five years is estimated at about $35 million. When deployed, the XT$ is expected to run simulations of supernova formation, galaxy evolution, and black hole mergers; new models to help scientists understand extreme weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
Moreover it will be used to study long-term climate change and the effects of pollution; high-resolution simulations of the earth’s interior and enhance our understanding of the planet’s evolution and materials scientists will be better able to design materials with useful properties.