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Keeneland Project Deploys New GPU Supercomputing System for the National Science Foundation

 Georgia Tech News (11/13/12) Joshua Preston

The Keeneland Project, a collaborative effort between Georgia Tech, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the National Institute for Computational Sciences, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, recently completed the installation and acceptance of the Keeneland Full Scale System (KFS). KFS is a supercomputing system designed to meet the compute-intensive needs of a wide range of applications through the use of NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU) technology. The researchers note that KFS is the most powerful GPU-based supercomputer available for research through the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program. KFS has 264 nodes, and each node contains two Intel Sandy Bridge processors, three NVIDIA M2090 GPU accelerators, 32 GB of host memory, and a Mellanox InfiniBand FDR interconnection network. During KFS’ installation and acceptance testing, the Keeneland Initial Delivery System was used to start production capacity for XSEDE users seeking to run their applications on the system and who had received allocations for Keeneland through a peer review process. “Our Keeneland Initial Delivery system has hosted over 130 projects and 200 users over the past two,” notes the Keeneland Project’s principal investigator Jeffrey Vetter.

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