'Electronic Barn-Raising' at Purdue

Susan Hall

Purdue University plans what it's calling an "electronic barn-raising" Monday, when more than 200 employees will install a supercomputer on the West Lafayette, Ind., campus in a single day, according to a university press release on Inside Indiana Business.


It will consist of 812 Dell dual quad-core computer nodes with peak performance of more than 60 teraflops and will rank among the top 40 supercomputers in the world.


More than 25 university scientists and engineers pooled research grants to raise 75 percent of the cost of the machine, with the university's IT budget covering 25 percent. The university was so busy hyping the event with a YouTube video, though, it failed to list the project's cost.


Gerry McCartney, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, said the single-day installation will prevent a lengthy downtime for the university's science and engineering researchers. They will use it to design drugs and aircraft, model weather patterns and more.

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