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National Science Foundation Funds Supercomputer Cluster at Penn State

By Penn State News

February 28, 2017

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The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics (CyberLAMP) is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will support interdisciplinary research, training, and outreach programs.

Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the hybrid cluster combines general-purpose central-processing unit (CPU) cores with cutting-edge hardware accelerators.

"This state-of-the-art computer cluster will provide Penn State researchers with over 3,200 CPU and Phi cores, as well as 101 [graphical-processing units], a significant increase in the computing power available at Penn State," says PSU professor Yuexing Li.

Astronomers and physicists at the university will use the cluster for several research applications, such as simulations to investigate Earth-like planets, mergers of ultra-massive astrophysical objects, and the nature of dark energy. The NSF grant also provides for a range of outreach initiatives, including educational programs for K-12 students and teachers.

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