PSSC Labs (Professional Service
Super Computer Laboratories) announced today the delivery of Linux-based
clusters, known as Powerwulfs, to three of the country's top learning
institutions. The Powerwulfs, using AMD's Opteron processors running the
latest Linux OS, will be used to perform various tasks including
computer design modeling.
University researchers are traditionally heavy users of computing power.
They can make use of thousands of MIPS (millions of instructions per
second) in modeling everything from the weather to economic theories. At
most schools, there's never enough computing power to go around. The
supercomputers traditionally used for numerically intensive research can
cost millions of dollars - and require specialized, expensive care and
"These latest acquisitions by prestigious schools continue a
long-standing relationship that PSSC Labs has with the educational
community," said Alex Lesser, Vice President of PSSC Labs. "We enjoy
providing the world's premier professors with affordable tools that
accelerate research in so many diverse fields."
The PSSC Labs machines were each shipped with CBeST v.3.0 (Complete
Beowulf Software Toolkit), PSSC's proprietary cluster management
package. According to customers who have used CBeST 3.0, the toolkit
allows for easier cluster management, allowing them to focus more
intently on the research tasks that the systems are performing.
At Syracuse University, Engineering Professor Thong Dang is using a PSSC
Labs Powerwulf's design modeling capabilities to improve efficiency in
the engineering of everything from rockets to air conditioners to
medical thermometers. Professor Dang created a new design method, the
3-D and Viscous Inverse Design Code, which substantially improved the
efficiency of compressor blades for jet engines and also reduced the
time needed to design the blades.
The Powerwulf at Stanford will be used by Professor Russ B. Altman,MD,
PHD, the director of bioinformatics. The relatively new discipline deals
primarily with the creation and development of advanced information and
computational technologies for problems in biology and most commonly
molecular biology but can encompass other elements like population
modeling and numerical simulations.
The PSSC Labs cluster purchased by Harvard University will be used by
the Harvard Medical School to conduct biomedical research.