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December 14, 2007
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 11 -- The "Ranger" supercomputer, funded by the National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure as the first of the new Track2 HPC acquisitions, is scheduled to be in full production at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) in January 2008.
Ranger will provide unprecedented computational capabilities -- 504 teraflops peak performance, 125 terabytes memory and 1.7 petabytes disk -- to the national open science research community. This system represents a unique opportunity to explore the challenges of petascale science from science and technology perspectives.
"Ranger will enable computational science research that has been heretofore impossible, and it will provide opportunities in computer science and technology research that are groundbreaking, from parallel algorithms to fault tolerance, from scalable visualization to next-generation programming languages," Juan Sanchez, vice president for research at The University of Texas at Austin, said. "TACC possesses the comprehensive expertise for research and development leadership in the areas needed to usher in the era of petascale science."
In preparation for Ranger, and in response to recent award wins from High Performance Computing for Science and Engineering Research and Education (HPCOPS) and Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure (SDCI), TACC has hired several new staff members in key positions across the center. These positions will increase support for TACC's TeraGrid resources.
"TACC has grown into one of the leading supercomputing centers in the world because we've hired talented staff who are committed to working as a team to build something special," TACC Director Jay Boisseau said. "We're extremely excited to add so many new people who share our vision, while bringing unique perspectives and experiences in supercomputing from other institutions to TACC."
New Strategic Programs Director and Other Positions
G.M. "Zak" Kozak has been appointed to the new position of strategic programs director, responsible for identifying, developing and managing strategic programs that fulfill TACC's mission. Kozak brings 33 years of leadership experience to his new role, including 25 years in the U.S. Army, more than 20 years in information technology and 11 years in higher education.
As the strategic programs director, Kozak will help determine how TACC can apply its technologies and expertise to have a greater impact in strategic areas such as homeland security, emergency situation response, defense and the space program. He will also continue in his role as the Department of Defense (DoD) User Productivity Enhancement and Technology Transfer project manager with the objective of enabling the user community to use DoD high-performance computing resources to their fullest capacity and to extend the range of applicability to DoD technical problems through training, support for software development and technology transfer.
Other new staff members include:
Source: Texas Advanced Computing Center
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