Tuesday, May 7, 2013

UF Unveils Florida's Most Powerful Supercomputer

GAINESVILLE, Florida -- The University of Florida today unveiled Florida's most powerful supercomputer today as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 25,000-square-foot UF Data Center built to house it.  


Named the "HiPerGator," the machine has a peak speed of 150 trillion calculations per seconds and comes with a price tag of $3.4 million with an additional $15 million for the Data Center.


The university touted that the supercomputer, coupled with a recent tenfold increase in the size of the university’s data pipeline, will make UF one of the nation’s leading public universities in research computing.


“If we expect our researchers to be at the forefront of their fields, we need to make sure they have the most powerful tools available to science, and HiPerGator is one of those tools,” UF President Bernie Machen said in a press release . “The computer removes the physical limitations on what scientists and engineers can discover. It frees them to follow their imaginations wherever they lead.”