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Supercomputer Readies For Action

By Yale Daily News

September 27, 2011

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Yale University recently received the Bulldog O, or Omega, supercomputer from an undisclosed government agency, and it is now almost ready for use by university researchers.

Yale expects to open Omega for general faculty use within four weeks, according to Yale's Chuck Powell.

Omega is the fastest supercomputer owned by an Ivy League institution, and it is the 275th fastest system in the world, reaching processing speeds of 52.53 trillion calculations per second.

A committee appointed by the Provost's Office and chaired by engineering professor Sohrab Ismail-Beigi will decide on a fair process to allot use of the supercomputer's 704 nodes to faculty, according to Powell. Each researcher currently receives 5 percent of the system's capacity, but that policy could change in the future depending on demand for the machine and urgency of research, according to Ismail-Beigi. One third of Omega's capacity will be used by Yale professors William Boos, Trude Storelvmo, and Nadine Unger, who will be researching climate change.

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