A new supercomputer at Purdue University will soon be fully operational. The university says Anvil is currently being tested by more than 30 research teams and will enable new discoveries in fields such as hypersonics and bone biomechanics.
In August of 2020, the Purdue Board of Trustees approved the purchase of Anvil, which comes from Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE: DELL). The supercomputer was funded by a $22.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Purdue says in addition to serving researchers at the university, Anvil will also “significantly increase” the capacity available to the NSF’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment.
“We see Anvil as a system forging the future of computing,” Carol Song, principal investigator and project director for Anvil, and a senior research scientist for Purdue Research Computing, said in a news release. “We expect tens of thousands of researchers around the nation to access it and enable their transformative research. We call it science as a service.”
Preston Smith, co-principal investigator for Anvil, says the supercomputer is designed to fit a broad cross-section of research work, ranging from fluid dynamics and bioinformatics to data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Purdue says Anvil will also be available to industry partners, as well as an experiential learning laboratory for students to gain real-world experience using computing.
The university says Anvil is expected to enter full production by the end of the year.