|Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
April 10, 2001
Initial Terascale System Enters Production Mode at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
PITTSBURGH As of April 1, the initial 256-processor configuration of the Terascale Computing System officially began serving scientists and engineers nationwide as a production research tool. Researchers allocated time through NSF's Partnerships in Advanced Computational Infrastructure program are now using the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center system for a range of projects that include astrophysics, fluid dynamics, materials science, earthquake modeling, and structure and function of proteins and DNA.
TCSini, as the system is called, became operational in late December, well ahead of the Feb. 1 scheduled date, and has seen steadily increasing usage during the January-February-March "friendly user" period, which served as the final round of testing and development. During this period, PSC staff modified scheduling software to accomodate large-scale projects that use all 256 processors. A number of such projects ran during the second half of March, for scheduled periods of dedicated use as long as 12 hours, demonstrating TCSini's ability to support sustained whole-system applications. The PSC modified scheduler makes it possible to integrate such projects into the system workload while still allowing wide access to smaller-scale projects.
TCSini will later this year be replaced by the full-scale TCS, a 3000-processor, six teraflop system that will be the most powerful system in the world available for public research.
For more information, see http://www.psc.edu/machines/tcs/status/
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with the Westinghouse Electric Company. It was established in 1986 and is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry.Related Stories