High-Performance Computing for Higher Education Showcased at SC13

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 9:51am

Silicon Mechanics will be highlighting its ongoing commitment to state-of-the-art computing in higher education and research at SC13 Conference & Exhibition, which takes place November 17-22, 2013, in Denver, CO, Booth #3126. The company will be launching its 3rd Annual Research Cluster Grant Program, exhibiting the research successes achieved by prior awardee Saint Louis University, and sponsoring a team in the SC13 Student Cluster Competition.

The 3rd Annual Research Cluster Grant Program includes the provision of a complete HPC cluster to an educational or research institution as part of the highly competitive grant program. This year’s cluster, valued at more than $118,000, includes hardware and software from Intel, NVIDIA, HGST, Mellanox Technologies, Supermicro, Seagate, Kingston Technology, Bright Computing, and LSI Logic. Applications and competition instructions are available at the Silicon Mechanics booth or at

Saint Louis University, a prior grant recipient, will be at the booth to discuss how being awarded the HPC cluster as part of the research cluster grant competition is enhancing cutting-edge research in 10 university departments and promoting SLU as a major research institution, where premier researchers tackle local and global challenges. SLU will also be highlighting the work of its Center for World Health & Medicine at Saint Louis University, which focuses on accelerating the process of drug discovery to help those most in need. On hand at the booth will be Peter Ruminski, MS, the center’s Executive Research Director.

For the third year in a row, Silicon Mechanics is sponsoring a team of students from the Massachusetts Green HPC Consortium (MGHPCC) in the Student Cluster Competition, which features undergraduate and/or high school students competing in a 48-hour challenge to demonstrate the best sustained performance on four pre-determined applications. After identifying hardware partners and securing their commitment, Silicon Mechanics assembles and tests the cluster, and then ships it to the MGHPCC team for use in the competition. This year’s HPC cluster contains eight compute nodes, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, and InfiniBand and Gigabit Ethernet networking.

About Silicon Mechanics

Silicon Mechanics, Inc. is a provider of rackmount server, storage and high-performance computing solutions. The company has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the Greater Seattle Technology Corridor.


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