Supercomputer to probes origins of the universe

The University of Toronto SciNet Consortium goes online Thursday with the IBM System x iDataPlex Supercomputer. U of T’s IBM System x is now the fastest computer outside of the United States, the largest Intel processor based IBM installation internationally and the twelfth most powerful globally.SciNet2009

It will be used for a wide variety of operations, such as analyzing climate change models, aerospace, astrophysics, genetic, bioninformatics, chemical physics, medical imaging research and other highly calculation-intensive tasks.

The C$50 million dollar supercomputer can perform 300 trillion calculations per second and use the equivalent amount of energy which would power 4,000 homes.

The supercomputer will be cooled by outdoor winter air assisted by a water based cooling system during warmer summer months.

The computer will provide computations for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that started preliminary experiments on September 10, 2008 at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC will produce cataclysmic conditions that will mimic the beginning of time, a re-creation of the Big Bang and the supercomputer’s 30,240 Intel processor 5500 series 2.53 GHz processor cores arranged in 45 file-like stacks will examine the particle collisions.

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