Mines unveils energy supercomputer 'Ra'
GOLDEN, Colo., May 6, 2008 – Colorado School of Mines will celebrate the acquisition of its new high performance computing cluster during a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. May 9 in the Center for Technology and Learning Media building, 1650 Arapahoe St.
GECO has four main priority areas: pursuing renewable resources, locating and developing existing resources, advancing environmental stewardship, and designing new energy related materials.
Ra’s estimated peak performance is 23 teraflops—fast enough to do more than 3,000 calculations per second for each of the 6.6 billion people on the planet. This places the machine well within the top 100 fastest computers in the world.
The first outreach program was established with Salish Kootenai College, a four-year institution on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana. The college offers a B.S. degrees in information technology and computer engineering, and GECO will provide students with hands-on training and supercomputer user accounts.
Ra is linked to the Front Range GigaPop - a consortium of 16 government, educational and research institutions. By fostering closer links among these institutions, GECO will enhance the regional synergy among agencies concerned with computational research, while providing a powerful new resource in support of Mines' mission in energy science.
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