Introduction

From the “Bringing it to the masses” bag

July 2nd, 2007

Ok, well, maybe it’s not the masses but the upgraded Cray XT4 at ORNL (aptly named Jaguar) is available for use and is plenty fast as the most powerful supercomputer in the United States that is open for scientific computing. Coming in at number two on the most recent list of Top500 Supercomputers after being number 13 a year ago, such a move, according to Dr. Jack Dongarra, one of the list’s maintainers, “…reflects the fact that more and more researchers are turning to high-performance computing as a method to address pressing scientific questions” (a nod to the Knoxville News Sentinel for the quote). As part of ORNL’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program, Jaguar is just one of several supercomputers that will serve the likes of organizations like Corning, Boeing, Dreamworks Animation, Proctor and Gamble as well as academic institutions such as Auburn University, University of Michigan and others.

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