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Posted: March 14, 2008
Sao Paulo's National Center for High Performance Computing, CENAPAD-SP, Leverages SGI Technology to Accelerate Research
(Nanowerk News) Today marks the
inauguration of a major addition of SGI (Nasdaq: SGIC) technology at the
National Center for High Performance Computing - Sao Paulo (CENAPAD-SP).
With this recent expansion, CENAPAD-SP is one of the largest SGI®
Altix® computer installations -- and one of the largest HPC facilities --
in Brazil. Shipped in September, CENAPAD-SP, at the Universidad de Campinas
(Unicamp), completed the installation of four new SGI® Altix® 450
systems and added 25TB to an existing 5TB SGI® InfiniteStorage system.
The new and larger-capacity SGI systems join four SGI® Altix® 350
systems purchased two years ago, which have been in constant use on a large
variety of physics and chemistry research by universities and state
laboratories throughout Brazil.
The overwhelming majority of projects are in materials science and
physics; many are focused on nanotechnology computations, especially
cutting-edge research on semiconductor nanostructures such as Si and Ge
nanowires, metal nanowires such as Au and Cu, very thin nanowires and also
carbon structures, such as C-60, carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons.
All of these have potential use as devices that could replace silicon in
CENAPAD-SP is celebrating their substantial expansion with an
inauguration event on March 14 that includes distinguished guests SGI Chief
Technology Officer Dr. Eng Lim Goh, a representative from Brazil's Ministry
of Science and Technology, the Vice Chancellor of Unicamp, the Chancellor
of Research at Unicamp, the Secretary of the National System for HPC
(SINAPAD) -- the consortium of Brazil's seven national computer centers to
which CENAPAD-SP belongs -- and several directors of other SINAPAD centers.
"This new Altix system will expand and improve the capabilities and the
possibilities of research because the community that uses our center will
be able to do faster calculations, longer calculations, and bigger
calculations," said Edison Zacarias da Silva, Professor of Physics, Unicamp
and Director, CENAPAD-SP. "We chose SGI Altix again because there are some
jobs that absolutely require shared memory processing. We are very excited
to start using this new system, which represents three or four times the
capacity of our existing systems. We will continue our existing research
but with faster time to insight, and with these added resources we will
tackle new problems that we could not have attempted before."
Physics projects make up 94 percent of the SGI systems' usage, followed
by chemistry, and to a lesser extent engineering and biology research
projects. The new SGI Altix 450 systems are expected to bring in more
chemistry researchers because the leading chemistry application,
Gaussian®, has been installed by SGI at the center's request.
CENAPAD-SP purchased four SGI Altix 450 systems with a total of 176
Intel® Itanium® 2 processors, an SGI® InfiniteStorage 220 system for
disk-to-disk storage, an SGI® Altix® 120 system, and 25TB of additional
storage for an existing SGI Infinite Storage TP9300 system.
"The added computational power of the new SGI Altix 450 systems and
increased storage capacity will provide a major boost to accelerate
materials science and chemistry throughout Brazil," said Andre Gardinalli,
Territory Sales Manager, SGI. "Our success in the educational market will
continue to grow because SGI's shared memory processing enables scientists
to greatly accelerate time to discovery."
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