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UAF to commission Alaska’s most capable supercomputer (Fish) Aug. 9, 2012

Art by Yumi Kawaguchi
Marmian Grimes
UAF - 8/7/12
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Arctic Region Supercomputing Center will commission Alaska’s most capable supercomputer during a public ceremony Thursday, Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. in the Board of Regents conference room in the Butrovich Building. Tours of the data center will be offered from 3-3:50 p.m.

The Cray XK6m supercomputer, known as Fish, is named for Alaska’s fisheries and ocean and water resources. ARSC was one of the first organizations to purchase Cray’s newest model, which uses graphics processing units—like those used by gaming computers—to make scientific calculations run even faster. ARSC has operated Cray supercomputers continuously since 1993. The total theoretical peak system performance of the new supercomputer is calculated to be 41.75 Teraflops. Fish joins Pacman, a supercomputer with a theoretical peak system performance of over 31 Teraflops. Both are available to any university affiliate and to the state.

Fish will be housed in two cabinets that will feature artwork created by UAF art student Yumi Kawaguchi. Fish’s purchase was funded primarily through National Science Foundation grants, including PACMAN, the Pacific Area Climate Monitoring and Analysis Network and the Major Research Instrumentation program.

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