Texas Advanced Computing Center Unveils Monster Supercomputer

Giant research computer consists of 82 Dell server blades.

by / October 1, 2008
Sun Microsystems Ranger Photo courtesy of Texas Advanced Computing Center, University of Texas at Austin

In March, Sun Microsystems and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) announced the arrival of "Ranger," a supercomputer that boasts 500 teraflops of computing muscle.

The monster computer has 82 Sun Blade 6048 Modular Systems racks, with each rack containing 48 Sun Fire 6000 Blade Servers. Ranger includes 15,744 AMD quad-core processors, 1.7 petabytes of storage capacity, and 125 terabytes of memory. The supercomputer also serves as a link between two Sun data center switches with an average bandwidth of 110 terabits.

"Ranger is the most powerful general-purpose supercomputing system for research ever," said TACC Director Jay Boisseau.

To see Ranger, click here.

Chad Vander Veen

Chad Vander Veen previously served as the editor of FutureStructure, and the associate editor of Government Technology and Public CIO magazines.

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