Luncheon to focus on ability of Conte, Purdue’s newest supercomputer, to accelerate and enhance research

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August 8, 2013

Purdue’s new Conte 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 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142.

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 ITaP Research Computing (RCAC), will talk and answer questions about the Conte cluster’s hardware and software, the benchmarking results for the system and the prices for capacity in Conte.

Lunch will be available at no charge to participants. More details are available on the

Conte ranked 28th on the June TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers. It is the most powerful for use by researchers on a single a U.S. campus. Conte's 580 nodes include Intel’s new Xeon Phi accelerators and a total of 77,520 processing cores, by far the most in any Purdue research supercomputer yet.

Conte is the latest research computing system offered to Purdue faculty under the Community Cluster Program. Through community clustering, faculty partners and ITaP make more computing power available for Purdue research projects than faculty and campus units could afford individually. ITaP installs, administers and maintains the community clusters, including security, software installation and user support, so researchers can concentrate on doing research rather than on running a high-performance computing system.

Community clustering also maximizes use by sharing computing power among the faculty partners whenever it is idle. Researchers always have ready access to the capacity they purchase, and potentially to much more if they need it.

Originally posted: August 8, 2013