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SDSC to Double ‘Comet’ Supercomputer’s Graphic Processor Count

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego has been granted a supplemental award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to double the number of graphic processing units, or GPUs, on its petascale-level Comet supercomputer in direct response to growing demand for GPU computing across a wide range of research domains. Under the supplemental NSF award, valued at just over $900,000, SDSC is expanding the high-performance computing resource with the addition of 36 GPU nodes, each with four NVIDIA P100s, for a total of 144 GPUs. This will double the number of GPUs on Comet from the current 144 to 288. The nodes are being provided by Dell, the vendor and co-design partner for Comet. They are expected to be in production by early July. The expansion will make Comet the largest provider of GPU resources available to the NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a national partnership of institutions that provides academic researchers with the most advanced collection of digital resources and services in the world. Prior to this award, the NSF granted SDSC a total of $24 million to develop and operate Comet, which went into production in mid-2015. Once used primarily for video game display graphics, today’s much more powerful GPUs have been developed that have more accuracy, speed, and accessible memory for more scientific applications that range from phylogenetics and molecular dynamics to creating some the most detailed seismic simulations ever made to better predict ground motions to save lives and minimize property damage. Learn more at http://www.sdsc.edu/News%20Items/PR20170502_Comet_GPU.html

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