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Texas goes big with 18-petaflop supercomputer

Patrick Thibodeau | June 3, 2016
Its current top-10 system, Stampede, is getting replaced.

The new machine will help meet this research backlog, said Stanzione. "We know the demand is out there," he said.

Stampede 2 will mean higher resolutions and more accurate modeling for large runs. But smaller jobs, depending on how well they use memory and processing power, will completed more quickly.

The node count between Stampede and Stampede 2 will be roughly the same, around 6,000 nodes. And while officials aren't sure of the final core count of the Intel processors, TACC is expecting each one-socket node to be capable of about 3 teraflops each.

TACC held a dedication today for its newly expanded building, a $20 million, 38,000 square-foot complex. The new building is needed to meet the growing demand for HPC across a wide range of disciplines.

"The more things in science that use advanced computing, the bigger our mission gets," said Stanzione.


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