Rutgers and IBM announce collaborative venture to create a high-performance computing center on campus


On March 27, at a press event Rutgers announced the arrival of Excalibur, RDI2's IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer. The event also marked the launch of a new collaborative venture to create a high-performance computing center on New Brunswick campus. The collaborative venture, spearheaded by ECE Professor and RDI2 Director Manish Parashar (shown in the photo below) will focus on the application of "big data" analytics in life sciences, finance, and other industries. The collaboration is aimed at improving the economic competitiveness of New Jersey's public and private research organizations.

The press event was attended by NJ Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula.

The Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2), New Jersey's Center for Advanced Computation, is a world-class advanced computation institute that provides academic and industry researchers with the resources, skills, and expert support necessary to leverage advanced computation technology.

The Blue Gene/P is the second generation of the Blue Gene series of supercomputers. The design of the Blue Gene/P evolved from the earlier Blue Gene/L supercomputer.

Each Blue Gene/P processor chip contains four PowerPC 450 processor cores (850 MHz).   A compute card contains a Blue Gene/P chip with 2 or 4 GB DRAM, comprising a "compute node".   A single compute node has a peak performance of 13.6 GFLOPS. 32 Compute cards are plugged into an air-cooled node board.   A rack contains 32 node boards (thus 1024 nodes, 4096 processor cores).   By using many small, low-power, densely packaged chips, Blue Gene/P exceeds the power efficiency of other supercomputers of its generation, and at 371 MFLOPS per watt,   Blue Gene/P installations rank in the top 500 list of energy-efficient "green" supercomputers.

The news was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal's Technology Section (3/27/2012). Read the article.

It was also covered by the Star-Ledger