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Keeneland Project deploys new GPU supercomputing system for the National Science Foundation
Date:11/14/2012

Georgia Tech, along with partner research organizations on the Keeneland Project, including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the National Institute for Computational Sciences and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, announced today that the project has completed installation and acceptance of the Keeneland Full Scale System (KFS). This supercomputing system, which is available to the National Science Foundation (NSF) scientific community, is designed to meet the compute-intensive needs of a wide range of applications through the use of NVIDIA GPU technology. In achieving this milestone, KFS is the most powerful GPU supercomputer available for research through NSF's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program.

"Keeneland provides an important capability for the NSF computational science community," says Jeffrey Vetter, Principal Investigator and Project Director, with a joint appointment to Georgia Tech's College of Computing and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "Many users are running production science applications on GPUs with performance that would not be possible on other systems."

Scientists will be able to use the resource to create breakthroughs in many fields of science. For the past 20 months, the Keeneland Initial Delivery System (KIDS) has been used for research in both computer science and computational science, and has included applications in astronomical sciences, atmospheric sciences, behavioral and neural sciences, biological and critical systems, materials research and mechanical and structural systems, along with many other application areas. Much of the research will continue on KFS.

Keeneland's early users note how the system's capabilities have significantly advanced their research application areas.

"The Infiniband communication is now fast enough so that I can run my program on more GPUs to achieve better performance," says Jens Glaser, a post-doctoral associate in chemical en
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Contact: Joshua Preston
jpreston@cc.gatech.edu
678-231-0787
Georgia Institute of Technology
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