Sunday, November 16, 2008

Large Scale Visualization @ TACC

Kelly Gaither, Associate Director of Data and Informational Analysis, UTexas Austin gave an interesting presentation yesterday on the visualization components of the TACC Ranger cluster, which we'll be touring later today. Known as Spur, it is comprised of eight Sun servers configured with high end graphics capabilities providing 128 cores, 1 Terabyte aggregate memory, and 32 GPUs. It is integrated into the fabric of the Ranger cluster. Since the system went into production in October, they have 38 users with over 120 hours/week of interactive usage, including one user that produced 43 TB of analysis output from a single run. Yeesh.

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