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Most Powerful Supercomputer in Australia Unleashed

In a major boost to efforts to study and predict extreme weather, officials at the Australian National University (ANU) unveiled the Australia’s fastest supercomputer – Raijin.

Powered by the open source Linux operating System ( Centos 6.4 ), Raijin is named after the Japanese god of thunder, lightning and storms, The Raijin supercomputer will be used for climate modeling, among other uses, and is housed at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility on the Australia National University campus.

With a peak performance of 1.2 petaflops, Raijin features 57,472 Intel Sandy Bridge cores running at 2.6 Ghz, 160 TB of memory, 10 PB of storage, and a Mellanox FDR Infiniband interconnect that delivers 9 terabytes per second bandwidth. The filesystem performance alone has six times the thoughput of its predecessor vayu.

Raijin cost a reported AU$50 million to build, and will cost an additional AU$12 million per year to run.

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For further information, see the University Website:

 http://nci.org.au/nci-systems/national-facility/peak-system/raijin/

 

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