High-Performance Computing Platform Provides Humanities Researchers with
Leading-Edge Supercomputing and Analytics System
TORONTO, June 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Compute Canada, the organization leading the creation of a powerful national High
Performance Computing platform for academia and scientific research in
Canada today announced it will partner with Super Micro Computer, Inc.
to build a high-performance computing platform for its HPC for the Humanities initiative.
HPC for the Humanities is part of a distributed network of high-performance computers sharing
data resources and tools among academic researchers throughout Canada.
This initiative will enable humanities researchers to take advantage of
the enormous potential of high performance computing to deal with large
and complex sets of unstructured data in the form of books, election
and financial data, archaeological information and newspapers.
Researchers will be able to sort, mine, and visualize data and to ask
new questions about events, the development of civilization, as well as
written, audio and video materials. Supermicro's 8-Way architecture,
GPU support, mass-storage capacity and high-throughput I/O capabilities
provide an excellent foundation for high computational performance and
"High performance computing in the social sciences and humanities is
central to advancing creativity and innovation," stated Chad Gaffield,
President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
"This initiative will help to support our scholars and their partners
in advancing knowledge on a wide array of topics that are central to
our economy and quality of life."
"We qualified Supermicro based on their product performance/price,
service quality, green power efficiency, and company history," said
Susan Baldwin, Executive Director of Compute Canada. "Supermicro's
culture of innovation and integration expertise aligns well with our
charter to foster a new era in HPC evolution and to continue to provide
the HPC resources needed for world-leading research. As part of
Supermicro's integrated solution we would also like to acknowledge
Intel, Samsung, Toshiba and LSI for contributing to this project as
Researchers will have the advantage of an HPC system based on
Supermicro's 8-Way, 5U SuperServer® (5086B-TRF) which supports 80 Cores with 8x Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8800
(10-Core) and integrates up to 2TB of Samsung DDR3 ECC reg. DIMMs. The
system also includes 4.8TB of Toshiba/LSI RAID storage and
expandability for up to 4 GPUs. This is an enterprise-class platform
designed for mission-critical applications and high-availability.
"Developing new understanding of the human system will require the
ability to efficiently analyze massive amounts of data to reach new
insights," said Raj Hazra, General Manager of High Performance
Computing at Intel. "The Xeon processor E7-8800 is one of our most
advanced technologies today for this kind of problem. We are excited to
participate in this initiative."
"Supermicro's HPC SuperServers have a wide range of applications in the
fields of academia and research," said Dr. Tau Leng, GM of HPC
Solutions at Super Micro Computer, Inc. "HPC for the Humanities will achieve new levels of collaboration using our high-density,
scalable HPC solutions. We look forward to advancing this and future
HPC initiatives with Compute Canada."
Supermicro will be at the High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS)
2011 Conference in Montreal (June 15 to 17).
About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance,
high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced
server Building Block Solutions® for HPC, Data Center, Enterprise IT
and Embedded computing worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting
the environment through its "We Keep IT Green®" initiative by providing customers with the most energy-efficient,
environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market. Visit
www.supermicro.com for Supermicro's entire suite of end-to-end HPC and
Enterprise IT solutions.
Supermicro, SuperServer, Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green
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Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The
company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the
foundation for the world's computing devices.
Intel and Intel Xeon, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel
Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other
About Compute Canada
Compute Canada is leading the creation of a powerful national HPC
platform for research. This national platform integrates High
Performance Computing (HPC) resources at seven partner consortia across
the country to create a dynamic computational resource. Compute Canada
integrates high-performance computers, data resources and tools, and
academic research facilities around the country. These integrated
resources represent close to a petaflop of computing capability and
online and long term storage with rapid access and retrieval over
Canada's national, provincial and territorial high-performance
Working in collaboration, Compute Canada and the university-based
regional HPC consortia provide for overall architecture and planning,
software integration, operations and management, and coordination of
user support for the national HPC platform. As a national organization,
Compute Canada coordinates and promotes the use of HPC in Canadian
research and works to ensure that Canadian researchers have the
computational facilities and expert services necessary to advance
scientific knowledge and innovation
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