LITE HOSTS ALTIX 4700 ONE OF WORLD'S LARGEST SUPERCOMPUTERS.
With a single computer acquisition from SGI (SGI, Sunnyvale, CA, www.sgi.com) A manufacturer of workstations and servers, founded in 1982 by Jim Clark. The company was founded as Silicon Graphics, Inc., but changed to its acronym in 1999. , the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) has instantly become one of the world's leading technology resources for industry, government, and research institutions.
LITE recently installed a massive computing component to its already world-leading SGI-powered visualization capabilities with the purchase of a 160-processor SGI(R) Altix(R) 4700 supercomputer supercomputer, a state-of-the-art, extremely powerful computer capable of manipulating massive amounts of data in a relatively short time. Supercomputers are very expensive and are employed for specialized scientific and engineering applications that must handle very with 4.1 trillion bytes (or terabytes) of memory.
While some other supercomputers have more processors, the LITE system is unusual because of the amount of memory that it makes available to solve the sophisticated problems faced by environmental scientists, pharmaceutical researchers, automakers, energy companies, and intelligence agencies. More memory means even large problems can be solved faster, because the system doesn't have to split up large models or data sets to compute them piece by piece.
In fact, the new LITE system is one of the world's largest shared-memory computers available to the private sector, commercial users and research institutions. To match the memory of the new LITE system would require researchers to link 4,198 desktop systems, each equipped with 1 Gigabyte of memory. But unlike a series of daisy-chained smaller computers, the LITE system operates as an enormous, single computing resource that can easily apply its entire 4.1 terabytes of RAM as a single shared memory (1) Using part of main memory to support a low-cost display circuit that does not have its own memory. See shared video memory.
(2) The common memory in a symmetric multiprocessing system that is available to all CPUs. See SMP.
1. . The system can apply its memory to one massive problem or several major problems at once.
The new LITE system is capable of tackling even the largest computing problems, such as seismic analysis Seismic Analysis or Earthquake Engineering is a subset of structural analysis and is the calculation of the response of a building (or nonbuilding) structure to earthquakes. models used for energy exploration, real- time impact simulations vital to safe automobile design, and analysis of geospatial satellite imagery Satellite imagery consists of photographs of Earth or other planets made from artificial satellites. History
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"With this latest acquisition, LITE is uniquely positioned to help our varied user communities benefit from the integration of visualization and supercomputing," said Dr. Carolina Cruz, executive director and chief scientist at LITE and world-renowned pioneer of visualization technologies. "When working with large-scale, real-word data sets, users often have to subject their data to sophisticated compute algorithms before their project is ready to visualize. With our new system, users can compute and visualize the results of those computations as they are taking place. This new SGI Altix 4700 system is an ideal engine to LITE's vast SGI visualization resources, and it should serve as a prized resource for users throughout Louisiana and the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. ."
"With the addition of this massive 4.1 Terabyte SGI Altix supercomputer, LITE has been catapulted to the highest echelons of computing centers," said Dr. Eng Lim Goh, chief technology officer, SGI. "Yet unlike these facilities, LITE is not restricted to assisting researchers and academia alone. For corporations and innovators developing breakthrough products, technologies or processes that will address the challenges we will all face in the coming decades, LITE is truly a national treasure."
"With today's announcement, the world can conclude with confidence that despite the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the great State of Louisiana CODE, OF LOUISIANA. In 1822, Peter Derbigny, Edward Livingston, and Moreau Lislet, were selected by the legislature to revise and amend the civil code, and to add to it such laws still in force as were not included therein. is advancing to the forefront of technology use as an economic development driver. Lafayette is quickly becoming a vanguard community in the technology world," said Gregg Gothreaux, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. "It's exciting indeed to see LITE bolster its already impressive technology resources with a massive, shared-memory SGI Altix supercomputer. This addition will serve as a vital platform for new discoveries, innovations and insights for corporations and research communities located throughout Louisiana and beyond; it will also facilitate the development of products and new job creation, which is the exact reason LITE was developed in the first place -- economic development."
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JRT Jugoslovenska Radio-Televizija ), a leading provider of high- performance computing solutions to the academic, government and commercial markets. "JRT is proud to be an important part of the evolution of LITE -- a facility that is unique in its mission to make state-of-the-art HPC (Handheld PC) A palmtop computer that weighs less than one pound and runs specialized versions of popular applications. Microsoft coined the term for its Windows CE operating system, which is an abbreviated version of Windows. See Pocket PC. technology available to a wide array of users while creating an economic engine for Lafayette Parish and the State of Louisiana," said Tom Mountcastle, president, James River Technical. "The capabilities of this facility promise to make a significant difference at every level of research -- from local business to national institutions and global enterprises."
The LITE facility, a partnership between the State of Louisiana, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, or UL Lafayette, is a coeducational public research university located in Lafayette, Louisiana, in the heart of Acadiana. , and Lafayette Economic Authority (LEDA), creates an environment designed to stimulate collaboration between technology- intensive companies, ventures and entrepreneurs, researchers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and other state and national universities, as well as federal government agencies. LITE involves partnerships between government, universities, and industry for basic research, application development, testing and validation, product development, and commercial production, along with delivery of visualization technologies and high-performance computer modeling.
About SGI Altix
The SGI Altix family leverages the built-in SGI NUMAlink(TM) interconnect fabric, which allows global addressing of all memory in the system and delivers data up to 200 times faster than conventional interconnects. For the first time, more complex data sets and complete workflows can be driven entirely out of memory, enabling productivity breakthroughs that traditional Linux clusters or repurposed UNIX UNIX
Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics). (R) servers can't achieve. Altix systems offer breakthrough flexibility and configurability, scaling to up to 512 processors per node. Based on a 64-bit Linux(R) operating environment In computing, an operating environment is the environment in which users run programs, whether in a command line interface, such as in MS-DOS or the Unix shell, or in a graphical user interface, such as in the Macintosh operating system. , the Altix family is uniquely capable of independently scaling Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processors, shared memory and/or I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.
I/O - Input/Output on a single, standard chassis with different expansion modules, providing optimal resource usage for demanding technical applications.
LITE (Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise) is one of the world's leading 3D visualization and supercomputing resource centers serving clients in the commercial industry, government, and university sectors. LITE's leading-edge research complex features a comprehensive set of advanced visualization systems including a sophisticated interactive 3D theatre and one of the world's first six-sided digital 3D total immersive spaces (TIS). As one of the most tightly integrated visualization, supercomputing, and networking installations ever assembled, LITE features a massive graphics supercomputer with 4.1 Terabytes of RAM with access to a 60Gbit high-speed optical network.
For more information, visit http://www.lite3d.com.
SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is a leader in high-performance computing High-speed computing, which typically refers to supercomputers used in scientific research. . SGI helps customers solve their computing challenges, whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, designing and manufacturing safer and more efficient cars and airplanes, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security Noun 1. Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
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For more information, visit http://www.sgi.com or call 256/773-2371.