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Big Red (Supercomputer)

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Big Red was the fastest supercomputer owned and operated by a university in the United States. It was finished in June of 2006. At the time it was built, it was the 23rd fastest supercomputer in the world. As of May of 2007, it is the 31st fastest.

Overview

It has 2048 processors, 4096 gigabytes of main memory and a peak processing capacity of 20.4 teraflops (20,480 gigaflops). The system is an IBM BladeCenter JS21 Cluster using 2.5 GHz PowerPC 970 processors. Big Red is housed at Wrubel Computing Center, just east of the Indiana University campus on the corner of 10th and The Bypass. Big Red appeared at position 23 on the Top500 Supercomputer list (27th edition) on June 28th, 2006. The cluster was expanded to 30.7 teraflops over the summer of 2007.

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