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Friday, April 22, 2011
U of Minnesota Spends $3.6M NIH Grant on Supercomputer for Biological and Medical Research
The University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute for Advanced Computational Research has installed a new high-performance computing system from SGI, christened Koronis, that it will use for multi-scale modeling, chemical dynamics, bioinformatics, computational biology, and biomedical imaging.
The university purchased the 1,152-core system with a $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Research Resources. It will support NIH-funded research projects at the university.
Jeff McDonald, assistant director of high-performance computing operations at MSI, told BioInform that the latest purchase is the largest system at MSI and that it was selected because its shared memory capabilities best fit the researchers' needs.
In the grant abstract, the researchers wrote that the new system will help 33 research groups supported by 91 NIH grants "tackle ... the acquisition, analysis and visualization of petascale data from high-performance computing and high-throughput technologies."