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Astronomy speeds up at São Paulo

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The Astronomy Department of the University of São Paulo has selected SGI Altix ICE 8400 for its high-performance computing (HPC) system to carry out advanced scientific astronomical research in Brazil. As theoreticians at the university are creating new and more advanced physical models to study the universe, they require immense processing power from larger, faster and more massively parallel computer clusters. The Astronomy Department selected Altix ICE 8400 with AMD processors to meet its intensive computing needs, enabling them to solve problems that were previously not possible.

The university’s Altix ICE 8400 consists of 2,304 cores of AMD Opteron 6172 processors and contains over 4.6 Tbytes of main memory. With AMD Opteron 6100 Series processor support, it is now capable of delivering up to 1,536 processor cores in a single rack, and can scale from 32 to 65,536 compute nodes. Additionally, the Altix ICE 8400 now provides up to 14.13 Tflops of compute capability and up to 8.192 Tbytes of memory per rack.