Tectonic: South Africa's department of science and technology, Intel and the Meraka Institute yesterday unveiled a new high performance computer (HPC) designed to assist in HIV and Aids research.
The HPC, based at the CSIR's Meraka Institute in Pretoria was officially switched on by deputy minister of science and technology Derek Hanekom and visiting Intel chairman Craig Barrett.
The supercomputer uses a cluster of 32 dual-processor servers powered by Intel Itanium 2 processors and 32 dual-processor servers with Intel Xeon processors, running Red Hat Linux Advanced Server.
The system performs at a theoretical peak of 870 billion floating point operations per second (gigaFLOPS). That sort of performance doesn't warrant a listing among the world's top supercomputers but it does make it one of the country's most powerful machines.