updated: 4/26/2013 8:33:29 AM

Big Day For Big Red

Wayne Pratt, Inside INdiana Business.com

Indiana University will hold a dedication ceremony today for a supercomputer capable of one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second. Big Red II is 25 times faster than IU's original Big Red, which was acquired in 2006. The university's vice president of information technology, Brad Wheeler, says users of that supercomputer are linked to more than more than $200 million in federal contracts and grants and businesses around the state are hoping to utilize the power of Big Red II. He will discuss the potential of the more powerful supercomputer this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television.

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News Release

Originally Posted April 17, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University will dedicate its new supercomputer, Big Red II, on Friday, April 26. Offering unmatched speed, Big Red II will be the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie will lead the ceremony. Brad Wheeler, vice president for information technology and cheif information officer, and Paul Messina, director of science for Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, will offer additional remarks. A reception, tours and demonstrations will follow the ceremony.

WHAT: IU's dedication of the new Big Red II supercomputer
WHEN: 2 p.m. Friday, April 26
WHERE: Cyberinfrastructure Building, IU Bloomington, 2709 E. 10th St.

About Big Red II

Big Red II is the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation, capable of operating at a peak rate of one petaFLOPS, or one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second -- 25 times faster than the university's original Big Red supercomputer, acquired in 2006.
Big Red II is the first one petaFLOPS supercomputer in the state of Indiana. Offering unmatched speed, Big Red II will help scientists and scholars accelerate breakthroughs in fields that are changing the way Hoosiers live, work, learn and grow.

With the purchase of Big Red II, IU is again a leader in the use of high-speed and data-intensive computation for some of the most vital and complex research in the world.

Source: Indiana University

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