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Free cluster on offer in research grant programme

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Silicon Mechanics, a manufacturer of rackmount servers, storage and high-performance computing hardware, has launched its 2nd Annual Research Cluster Grant competition, where it will donate a complete high-performance computer cluster as part of a research grant programme.

The competition is open to all US- and Canadian-qualified post-secondary institutions, university-affiliated research institutions, non-profit research institutions, and researchers at federal labs with university affiliations.

Silicon Mechanics has configured an HPC cluster, valued at $80,000, comprised of up-to-the-minute technology provided by partners Nvidia, AMD, Mellanox, Kingston Technology, Supermicro, Seagate, and Bright Computing. Equipped with NVvidia Tesla GPUs and AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors (code named Abu Dhabi), the HPC cluster contains a head node, eight compute nodes, two GPU nodes and Gigabit and InfiniBand networking.

Submissions will be accepted until 1 February 2013, with the grant recipient being announced on or before 1 March 2013. Submissions will be reviewed for merit and related impacts. Silicon Mechanics strongly encourages collaboration, within and across departments of a single institution, or across multiple institutions.

Details on the rules, application requirements, and cluster technical specifications are available at www.researchclustergrant.com.

'Enabled by many generous donations from its partners, Silicon Mechanics is excited to build on last year’s highly successful grant program by sponsoring this unique grant opportunity,' said Art Mann, Silicon Mechanics’ education/research/government vertical group manager. 'This year’s cluster features even more of the latest state-of-the-art hardware and software.'