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Ranger System (Image 2)

July 2, 2010
Ranger System (Image 2) A view of the Ranger supercomputer system, from above. The Ranger system is located at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin. It is the most powerful supercomputing system in the world for open science research. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Cyberinfrastructure, the Ranger system is the first of the new Track2 high performance computing acquisitions. Ranger's deployment marks the beginning of the petascale era in high-performance computing (HPC), where systems will approach a thousand trillion floating point operations per second and manage a thousand trillion bytes of data. At more than one-half a petaflop of peak performance (504 teraflops), Ranger is up to 50,000 times more powerful than today's personal computers, and five times more capable than any open-science computer available to the national science community. Ranger is the largest HPC computing resource on the NSF TeraGrid, a nationwide network of academic HPC centers that provides scientists and researchers access to large-scale computing power and resources. Ranger will provide more than 500 million processor hours of computing time to the science community, performing more than 200,000 years of computational work over its four-year lifetime. Ranger offers more than six times the performance of the previous largest system for open science research--the boost in performance is comparable to reducing the flight time from New York to London to just one hour. Ranger and other petascale systems to follow will address many of society's most pervasive grand challenges, including global climate change, water resource management, new energy sources, natural disasters, new materials and manufacturing processes, tissue and organ engineering, patient-specific medical therapies and drug design. These issues cannot be addressed or overcome without modeling and simulation. To learn more about the Ranger system, visit the TACC Web site. Further information about NSF's TeraGrid program is available Here. For a brief historical sketch on supercomputing, see "From Supercomputing to the TeraGrid," from the Cyberinfrastructure Special Report. (Date of Image: Nov/Dec 2007) [See Related Image.]

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