Rutgers' new supercomputer, Caliburn, ranked no. 8 among US academic institutions

New Jersey Business -  June 21, 2016

The updated TOP500 ranking of world’s most powerful supercomputers ranks Rutgers’ new academic supercomputer No. 2 among Big Ten universities, No.8 among US academic institutions, No. 49 among academic institutions globally, and No. 165 among all supercomputers worldwide. The TOP500 project provides a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing. Twice each year it assembles and releases a list of the sites operating the 500 most powerful computer systems in the world.

Rutgers’ new supercomputer, which is named “Caliburn,” is the most powerful system in the state. It was built with a $10 million award to Rutgers from the New Jersey Higher Education Leasing Fund. The lead contractor is HighPoint Solutions of Bridgewater, which was chosen as the lead contractor after a competitive bidding process. The system manufacturer and integrator is Super Micro Computer Inc. of San Jose, Calif.

“This new system will give Rutgers the high-performance computing capacity that our world-class faculty needs and deserves, particularly as the use of computation and big data have become key enablers in nearly every field of research,” Christopher J. Molloy, senior vice president for research and economic development, said. “We are extremely appreciative of the state’s support for this initiative, which is a great investment in the university and ultimately the future of New Jersey.”

Manish Parashar, distinguished professor of computer science at Rutgers and founding director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2), is heading the project. Parashar and Ivan Rodero, RDI2’s associate director of technical operations, designed the system with a unique architecture and capabilities. It is based on a new network interconnect developed by Intel (Omni-Path) and it is among the first clusters to use the Intel Omni-Path fabric and the latest Intel processors. “This system provides state-of-the-art advanced cyber infrastructure that will dramatically increase the computation power, provide greater speeds and offer expanded storage capacity to faculty, researchers and students across Rutgers and the state,” Parashar said, “This system will significantly elevate the competitiveness of Rutgers researchers in computational and data-enabled science, engineering and medicine, as well as those in social science and humanities disciplines.”

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