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KAUST and IBM to build 1 of the fastest and most powerful supercomputers
Date:9/22/2008

href="http://www.kaust.edu.sa/about/presidents-office.aspx">Professor Choon Fong Shih, KAUST's president designate. "With IBM, which is the preeminent provider and innovator in supercomputing today, KAUST is truly driving inquiry and discovery, and catalyzing Saudi Arabia's human and economic potential."

Majid Al-Ghaslan, KAUST's interim chief information officer and the University's leader in the acquisition, design, and development of the Shaheen supercomputer, said: "The KAUST/IBM Center for Deep Computing Research will enable researchers at KAUST and its partner institutions to unlock the most challenging and complex systems within life sciences, energy, environment, industry, manufacturing, and fundamental research. It will become a magnet for the best research minds in the world."

Key Facts. The supercomputer will offer:

  • 65,536 independent processing cores, tightly coupled in a three-dimensional network.
  • Potential to implement a petaflop machine within the near future, which could provide scalability over the long run for additional demands.
  • A next generation data center that is able to scale to exascale computing requirements
  • Abundance of high-speed access to local storage capacity
  • Connection infrastructure which will support a 40Gbps backbone and 10Gbps connections between building and high speed connection to the global research networks


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Contact: Jeff Weintraub
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King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)
Source:Eurekalert

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