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Georgia State Adds New IBM Supercomputer to Keep Pace With Demand

University Builds Computing Resources as More Scientists Look to Supercomputers for Answers

ATLANTA, GA and ARMONK, NY - 22 Feb 2008: Georgia State University and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that the university has purchased an IBM System Cluster 1350 supercomputer through a regional partnership program between IBM and the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA). This purchase is the latest addition to the school's expanding inventory of supercomputing resources.

Georgia State is building a diverse and powerful supercomputing center to support a growing body of academic and scientific research. In September 2006 three researchers began working with a new IBM System p5 575 with Power5+ processors running AIX 5.3 -- acquired as part of the IBM-SURA regional partnership. Those three users became a dozen in January 2007 and now include more than 40 faculty from many disciplines as well as from other SURA sites such as Virginia Commonwealth University, Louisiana State University and University of Delaware.

"We're experiencing increasing demand for supercomputer resources," said Art Vandenberg, director of the university's supercomputing center. "Our strategy is to build a center that supports a wide variety of disciplines. So, we're adding the Cluster 1350 to support research that requires commodity level, Linux computing."

The new IBM System Cluster 1350 will help meet this increasing demand. As researchers gain access to more capacity and capability, they naturally are expanding their goals, driving demand. Researchers in chemistry, biology, molecular dynamics, computer science, climate modeling and political science will be among the new machine's first users. The Cluster 1350 will be added to Georgia State's high-end IBM System p5 575 supercomputer to offer scientists a range of in-house computing capabilities.

The 320 Intel® Xeon® Quad-Core processors that make up Georgia State's new Cluster 1350 will also be shared by SURA -- a group of 60 schools that shares supercomputing resources via a grid setup known as SURAgrid. The university's Cluster 1350 configuration runs at approximately three teraflops, or three billion calculations per second.

"Georgia State University has been a long term contributor to the SURAgrid initiative and we are extremely pleased that SURA has been able to assist Georgia State and other SURAgrid participants by providing access to specially discounted hardware and services through our partnership with IBM," said Gary Crane, SURA Director of IT Initiatives.

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A partial list of the university's research projects that will benefit from the new IBM supercomputer includes:

The IBM System Cluster 1350 will be configured with additional IBM solutions including: BladeCenter® H technology, HS21 XM Blade servers utilizing two Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors, 10G Ethernet backbone, IBM's xCAT and Loadleveler cluster management tools. It will also have access to existing Tivoli Storage Manager and 18 Terabytes of storage that Georgia State has acquired during the past year. This will allow researchers to easily share results from the IBM System p5 with the new IBM System Cluster 1350 -- and vice versa.

Georgia State University
Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University is one of the leading research institutions in an urban setting. The university offers 52 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 250 fields of study through six college-level units. Preparing students for lifelong learning in a global society, Georgia State's degree programs are relevant to the practical needs of both the student and the community. A member of the University System of Georgia, Georgia State is the USG's most diverse institution, with more than 50,000 students enrolled annually from every county in Georgia, every state in the nation and 159 countries. For more information, visit www.gsu.edu.

The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) is a consortium of over 60 leading research institutions in the southern United States and the District of Columbia established in 1980 as a non-stock, nonprofit corporation. SURA serves as an entity through which colleges, universities, and other organizations may cooperate with one another, and with government and industry in acquiring, developing, and using laboratories and other research facilities and in furthering knowledge and the application of that knowledge in the physical, biological, and other natural sciences and engineering. For more information, visit www.sura.org.

About SURAgrid
SURAgrid is a consortium of organizations collaborating and combining high performance computing and advanced networking resources to improve the research and learning infrastructure of the SURA region. The vision for SURAgrid is to orchestrate access to a rich set of cyberinfrastructure capabilities to meet diverse needs of university researchers and educators. Capabilities being cultivated include locally contributed high performance computing resources, project-specific tools and environments, shared access to highly specialized high performance computing and cyberinfrastructure resources, and gateways to national and international cyberinfrastructure. For more information on SURAgrid see: www.sura.org/suragrid

IBM System Cluster 1350
The IBM System Cluster 1350 is designed for a broad range of supercomputer application environments, including industrial design and manufacturing, financial services, life sciences, government and education. The IBM System Cluster 1350 leverages IBM's extensive supercomputing experience to help minimize complexity and risk. Using advanced Intel® Xeon®, AMD Opteron™, Cell Broadband Engine and IBM PowerPC® processor-based server nodes, proven cluster management software and optional high-speed interconnects, the Cluster 1350 offers the best of IBM and third-party technology. For more information visit http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/clusters/hardware/1350.html

Contact(s) information

Michael Corrado
IBM Media Relations
914-766-4635
mcorrado@us.ibm.com

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