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Grid Computing Doubles Capability Of Hurricane Research

Twenty-seven universities working in a cooperative compute-grid environment will use three Power5+-based servers from IBM.

The goal is to double the total compute capability currently available to the universities to 10 trillion calculations per second, for use in such efforts as the modeling of coastal storm surges and genome sequencing.

IBM says the installations will also serve as a test bed for its Power-based servers and their ability to work with open-source Globus.org software in a heterogeneous grid environment used by a large number of organizations.

IBM has installed a System p575 server at Louisiana State University and Georgia State University. A third p575 system will be installed at Texas A&M University in the early fall. Each p575 is powered by 16 Power5+ microprocessors running at a 1.9 GHz clock speed, and is configured with 32 gigabytes of memory.

The three universities are part of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, which includes such other universities as the University of Arkansas, University of Florida, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland, and University of Southern California.

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