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U Florida Expands High Performance Computing Center with Penguin Cluster

The latest expansion of the University of Florida's new High-Performance Computing (HPC) Center is powered by an HPC Linux Cluster from Penguin Computing. The new addition brings the total compute capability at the HPC Center in Gainesville to 2,500 cores and about 11 teraflops.

The center was designed to support campus-wide research efforts in high-energy physics, computer science, computational biology, agricultural and life sciences, and engineering.

"The mission of the HPC Center is to enable and support the leading-edge research being conducted at the University of Florida. Penguin Computing provided us with the equipment and expertise we needed to support that mission," said Erik Deumens, director of the HPC Center.

The university's Penguin cluster is based on dual Xeon E5462 2.8 GHz nodes with about a quarter of the machines configured with 64 GB of memory and the rest configured with 32 GB. All nodes are connected via a DDR Infiniband fabric. The cluster arrived at the customer's site as a fully integrated, turnkey system.

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