DHAHRAN: Last Tuesday, the Information Technology Center (ITC) at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (www.kfupm.edu.sa) hosted a High-Performance Computing Awareness Day for its students and faculty. The event included Advanced Computing Seminars with outside speakers from Saudi Aramco, IBM, Microsoft and Cisco and a special presentation by ITC staff about the University's recently completed High-Performance Computing Project.
High-Performance Computing (HPC) uses supercomputers or computer clusters to provide the computation power needed for advanced research, particularly in science and engineering. During the final months of 2008, ITC installed a High-Performance Computing (HPC) platform at the KFUPM campus. The HPC cluster is a 128-node facility (1024 cores) delivering 12 TeraFLOPS and running a collection of essential systems and applications software. It can support applications, which run on either Linux or Microsoft Windows. The dual boot configuration enables administrators to power on any particular server or group of servers within the HPC cluster depending on the application, which needs to be run.
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