cc: <alanatXYZxyz.reading.ac.uk>, <dave.griggsatXYZxyzoffice.com>, "Trevor Guymer" <THGatXYZxyz.soton.ac.uk>, <m.hulmeatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 14:11:31 +0100
from: "Christopher West" <ccwatXYZxyzc.ac.uk>
subject: Japan: Earth Simulator
Press release from NSF below. NSF plan to spend $55M in 2002 to
follow the 2001 $53M.
Have OST really offered some money to help you get to Japan? They
have been very sticky about this sort of thing before. Good luck!
Distributed Terascale Facility to Commence with $53 Million NSF
High-performance computing system will come on-line in mid-2002
The world's first multi-site supercomputing system -- Distributed
Terascale Facility (DTF) -- will be built and operated with
$53-million from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The DTF will
perform 11.6-trillion calculations per second and store more than
450-trillion bytes of data, with a comprehensive infrastructure called
the "TeraGrid" to link computers, visualization systems and data at
four sites through a 40-billion bits-per-second optical network.
The National Science Board (NSB) today approved a three-year NSF
award, pending negotiations between NSF and a consortium led by the
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Illinois and
the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) in California, the two
leading-edge sites of NSF's Partnerships for Advanced Computational
Infrastructure (PACI). NCSA and SDSC will be joined in the DTF project
by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in suburban Chicago and the
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena.
"The DTF will be a tremendous national resource," said NSF director
Rita Colwell. "With this innovative facility, NSF will demonstrate a
whole new range of capabilities for computer science and fundamental
scientific and engineering research, setting high standards for 21st
Century deployment of information technology."
"Terascale" refers to computers that perform more than one trillion
floating-point operations per second, called "teraflops." The DTF
would begin operation in mid-2002, reaching peak performance of 11.6
teraflops by April 2003. The facility will support research such as
storm, climate and earthquake predictions; more-efficient combustion
engines; chemical and molecular factors in biology; and physical,
chemical and electrical properties of materials.
"This facility will stretch the boundaries of high-performance
computing and give U.S. computer scientists and other researchers in
all science and engineering disciplines access to a critical new
resource," said NSB chair Eamon Kelly.
Adds Ruzena Bajcsy, NSF assistant director for Computer and
Information Science and Engineering, "The DTF can lead the way toward
a ubiquitous 'Cyber-Infrastructure' in which the national Grid of
research networks will permit calculations, storage and throughput at
tera levels. This facility will serve the high-end computational
science community, help train the next generation of
information-technology professionals and propagate the latest
technology for maximum public benefit."
The partnership will work primarily with IBM, Intel Corporation and
Qwest Communications to build the facility, along with Myricom, Oracle
Corporation and Sun Microsystems. "The DTF will be the most
comprehensive information infrastructure ever deployed for open
scientific research, and we feel privileged to have a leadership role
in this historic effort," said NCSA director Dan Reed and SDSC
director Fran Berman in a joint statement. "The TeraGrid will
integrate the most-powerful computers, software, networks, dataaccess
systems and applications, creating a unique national resource that
will catalyze new breakthroughs and yield unforeseen benefits for all
of society." Berman and Reed are DTF co-principal investigators.
Each of the four DTF sites will play a unique role in the project:
NCSA will lead the project's computational aspects with an IBM Linux
cluster powered by Intel's second-generation 64-bit Itanium family
processor, code-named "McKinley." Peak performance will be 6.1
teraflops with the cluster, which will work in tandem with existing
hardware to reach 8 teraflops with 240 terabytes of secondary
SDSC will lead the project's data- and knowledge-management effort
with a 4-teraflops IBM Linux cluster based on Intel's McKinley
processor, with 225 terabytes of storage and a next generation Sun
high-end server for managing access to Grid distributed data.
Argonne will have a 1-teraflop IBM Linux cluster to host advanced
software for high-resolution rendering, remote visualization and
advanced Grid software.
Caltech will focus on scientific data, with a .4-teraflop McKinley
cluster and a 32-node IA-32 cluster that will manage 86 terabytes of
The DTF project director will be Rick Stevens, who is a computer
science faculty member at the University of Chicago and director of
the mathematics and computer science division of ANL, a U.S.
Department of Energy laboratory. "I'm excited by this opportunity to
help build on prior NSF and PACI successes," said Stevens, "and it is
a wonderful example of interagency cooperation."
The DTF will join a previous terascale facility commissioned by NSF
in 2000. That system, located at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center,
came on-line ahead of schedule in early 2001 and is expected to reach
peak performance of 6 teraflops in October.
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research and education across all fields of science and engineering,
with an annual budget of about $4.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50
states, through grants to about 1,800 universities and institutions
nationwide. Each year, NSF receives about 30,000 competitive requests
for funding, and makes about 10,000 new funding awards.
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