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November 19, 2008
K.U.Leuven selects SGI Altix ICE and InfiniteStorage NEXIS NAS solution as engines for "Virtuous Circle" of research, funding and recruiting
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 19 -- SC08 -- Belgium's Catholic University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven) has selected an energy-smart, space-efficient cluster system from Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) to form one of the initial building blocks of a new supercomputer center to drive research excellence in the Flemish Region of Belgium.
K.U.Leuven, the oldest existing Catholic university in the world, recently installed a 928-core SGI Altix ICE system and a 29 terabyte (TB) SGI InfiniteStorage NEXIS 2000 InfiniBand NAS storage solution. The high-productivity installation will hasten computational results Belgian researchers require to achieve breakthroughs in the study of climatology, molecular imaging, computational systems biology, nanoscale physics, chemistry and more.
Like every university, K.U.Leuven depends on the quality of its academic research to create a "virtuous circle" in which published high-quality research attracts increased funding that leads to better facilities, which help attract the best researchers, who in turn produce more widely recognized research.
"Academic research is the lifeline of a university, the substrate of education, and the basis of its community service," said Professor Marc Vervenne, Rector of K.U.Leuven, which was founded in 1425. "Investment in high-quality research in an international environment is thus indispensable. These solutions from Silicon Graphics provide the foundation for future research efforts that will benefit K.U.Leuven, Belgium and the scientific community at large."
K.U.Leuven's SGI Altix ICE 8200 system is powered by 232 Intel Xeon 5000 Sequence processors with a dual MPI backplane and unique door design that reduces datacenter cooling costs by removing heat via an innovative chilled water system. The Linux system is supported by two InfiniBand-connected SGI InfiniteStorage NEXIS NAS arrays with a total capacity of 29 terabytes. Both compute and storage systems are designed to easily scale as the demands of K.U.Leuven's scientific research escalate.
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About Silicon Graphics, Inc.
Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) (NASDAQ: SGIC), is a leader in high-performance computing. SGI delivers a complete range of high-performance server and storage solutions along with industry-leading professional services and support that enable its customers to overcome the challenges of complex data-intensive workflows and accelerate breakthrough discoveries, innovation and information transformation. SGI solutions help customers solve their computing challenges whether it's enhancing the quality of life through drug research, designing and manufacturing safer and more efficient cars and airplanes, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security and defense, or helping enterprises manage large data. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com.
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