Luncheon to focus on Carter cluster’s ability to accelerate and enhance research

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June 11, 2012

Purdue’s new Carter community cluster supercomputer and its ability to speed up and enhance research results will be the focus of an informational luncheon for faculty, staff and graduate students, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the Envision Center for Data Perceptualization.

Gerry McCartney, Purdue’s chief information officer, vice president for Information Technology and the Olga Oesterle England Professor of Information Technology, and technical staff from the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing, ITaP’s research computing unit, will talk and answer questions about the Carter cluster’s hardware and software, the benchmarking results for the system and the prices for capacity in Carter.

Lunch will be available free to participants. The Envision Center is located off the tunnel between the lower floors of the Purdue Memorial Union and the Stewart Center. To register for the luncheon go to:

Carter ranked 54th on the November TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers and was among the half dozen most powerful machines at U.S. academic institutions. It was the most powerful on a U.S. campus where the research computing facilities are not part of a federally funded laboratory.

Purdue faculty researchers using Carter already report that it can speed up time to results for many research applications and enable more complex simulations.

Alina Alexeenko, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics, and her students have used Carter for simulations involving the effects of particles in the atmosphere after a large meteor strike. They’ve also simulated vacuum systems for removing water from pharmaceuticals developed in solution to stabilize them for life on the shelf.

“The results have been encouraging,” Alexeenko says. “Basically, it’s about three times faster than what we have now.”

More details are available on the Carter cluster information website, Capacity in the Carter cluster can be ordered at

Originally posted: June 11, 2012