The University of Cambridge has deployed a cluster of Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 5160-based Dell PowerEdge servers to create one of the top two fastest supercomputers in the United Kingdom. The system is also among the fastest supercomputers in the world and the most powerful non-classified machine in the U.K. based on the latest Linpack benchmark results released this week at Supercomputing 2006 in Tampa, Florida.
"This result underscores Intel's commitment to driving power efficiency without compromise on performance. It also signals a real stake in the ground for the University of Cambridge's performance and energy savings, and demonstrates an outstanding job of marrying best in class technologies with best in class system commissioning," said Arun Shenoy, director, UK and Ireland Business Group, Intel UK.
The supercomputer, which will be used to conduct scientific research across a range of areas, achieves a peak computing performance of over 28 teraflops. The system was a collaboration among software and hardware experts from ClusterVision, a specialist in Linux supercomputer clusters, Dell, Intel, Qlogic and SilverStorm Technologies.
"Our environment is extremely compute-intensive and requires a robust system that provides the outstanding level of price performance capability that Intel-based systems deliver. This supercomputer will play an important role in advancing several areas of research as diverse as the understanding of the origins of the universe to the creation of modern materials," said Paul Calleja, director of the Cambridge High Performance Computing Facility.