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Sydneysiders take a bite of Orange

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Researchers at the University of Sydney now have access to the new high-performance computing system, 'Orange'.

Hosted by Intersect, Orange will provide a greater than 25-fold increase of computer power and a fivefold increase of disk capacity on the existing system, McLaren.

The SGI 30+ Tflop distributed memory cluster will provide a greater than 25-fold increase of compute power and a fivefold increase of disk capacity on the existing system.

The new system features 100 cluster nodes with 1,600 cores powered by the Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor series. It also includes 200TB local scratch disk space, 101TB of usable shared storage delivering 25Tflops.

The SGI HPC cluster is comprised of 10 large compute nodes each with dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 eight-core processors, 256 GB memory, and 1x2TB SATA drives. System software provided includes SGI Management Center, SGI Performance Suite, PBS Pro Scheduler and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system.

Dual administration nodes and a system console are also provided. Storage capabilities consist of an SGI NAS Storage Server with Panasas ActiveStor 12 (high performance parallel file system) delivering 57TB usable storage.

Intersect will provide the on-going hosting facilities, management and support of HPC systems on behalf of the consortium of New South Wales universities. A rigorous procurement process was led by the University of Sydney.