Gordon, the largest flash memory-based computer on the planet, was officially launched at a ceremony that took place on Monday at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). Two years in the making, and backed by a $20 million Track 2 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Gordon represents the first really big purpose-built supercomputer for data-intensive applications.
Last month, the San Diego Supercomputer Center launched what it believes is “the largest academic-based cloud storage system in the U.S.” The infrastructure is designed to serve the country’s research community and will be available to scientists and engineers from essentially any government agency that needs to archive and share super-sized data sets.
Solid state storage vendors are making a frontal assault on the hard disk establishment in the datacenter.
The San Diego Supercomputer Center is home to a potential proving ground for flash-based systems.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover SDSC’s newest supercomputing addition; Canada’s big supercomputing allocation; NVIDIA’s CUDA Toolkit enhancements; a joint public-private manufacturing initiative; and Supermicro’s latest offerings.
The naming of Michael Norman as director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) last week was long overdue. SDSC has been without an official director for more than 14 months, with Norman filling the spot as the interim head since last July. The appointment could mark something of a comeback for the center, which has not only gone director-less during this time, but has been operating without a high-end supercomputer as well.
SDSC receives $20 million from NSF to create flash-based supercomputer; and NCSA provides GPU primer. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.