An SGI computer which has been nicknamed the 'Octopus' and which is currently the largest civil server cluster in Israel
has been installed at the Technion
The computer will mainly serve researchers at the Minerva Center for Cognitive Processes and the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute but researchers from a variety of fields that demand high performance computing will also have access.
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The Technion purchased the computer with all available management tools including administrative, applicative and compilers.
The SGI InfiniBand Cluster supercomputer is equipped with over 1260 cores has 96 gigabytes of memory for every node with the nodes connected through an infiniBand communication protocol developed by Israel's Mellanox Technologies and has a storage system with a minimum of 60 terabytes.
Israel Weinman SGI Business Manager at TNN Telecom said: "Thanks to the extremely professional technical team at the computer labs and the years of experience accumulated by the SGI team, the process of making the computer operational was swift.
"The supercomputer will serve as an academic research tool and other researchers joining the cluster will increase its power and use and will promote scientific research."
Speaking at a ceremony to launch the 'Octopus' at the Technion computer labs, Technion Deputy Senior Vice President Professor Daniel Rittel said: "The Octopus places us on equal footing with the world's leading academic institutions."
Dr. Joan Adler a researcher at the Technion physics faculty noted that researchers are already reporting that the code is running 11 times faster on the Octopus when compared with previous systems.