IU raises bar in supercomputing power with Big Red II dedication

Got petaFLOPS? IU dedicated its latest supercomputer, Big Red II, at a ceremony last week. The new system operates at a peak rate of one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second (one petaFLOPS) – making IU the first university in the world to have a one petaFLOPS supercomputer as a dedicated university resource.

President Michael A. McRobbie led the ceremony at IU’s Cyberinfrastructure Building in Bloomington, while hundreds of VIPs and IU faculty, students, staff looked on. Other speakers included Brad Wheeler, IU VP for IT and CIO; Paul Messina, director of science for Argonne Leadership Computing Facility; and Peter Ungaro, president and chief executive officer at Cray Inc., manufacturer of Big Red II.

Big Red II replaces the original Big Red, installed in 2006. The new supercomputer is 25 times faster than its predecessor, and will enable research and breakthroughs in fields ranging from medicine to fine arts.

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Watch archived video of the dedication ceremony:

For even more info, come to the Big Red II Open House and UITS Research Technologies Fair from 1 to 5pm on May 13 in the Cyberinfrastructure Building (IU Bloomington).


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