The University of Texas at Austin
  • TACC dedicates most powerful supercomputer

    By Faith Singer-Villalobos
    Faith Singer-Villalobos
    Published: March 6, 2008

    At more than one-half a petaflop of peak performance (504 teraflops), Ranger is up to 50,000 times more powerful than today’s PCs, and five times more capable than any open-science computer available to the national science community. Ranger is built on the Sun Constellation System which combines ultra-dense, high-performance compute, networking, storage and software into an integrated general purpose system.

    Ranger offers more than six times the performance of the previous largest system for open science research. The boost in performance offered by Ranger relative to the previously largest open science machine is comparable to reducing the flight time from New York to London to just one hour.

    Ranger and other petascale systems to follow will address many of society’s most pervasive grand challenges including global climate change, water resource management, new energy sources, natural disasters, new materials and manufacturing processes, tissue and organ engineering, patient-specific medical therapies and drug design. These issues cannot be addressed or overcome without modeling and simulation.

    “Our world is facing great challenges and grappling with big questions across a broad spectrum,” said William Powers Jr., president of the university. “Advances in computer technology, like the new Ranger supercomputer at UT Austin, will help us manage and understand the vast streams of data flowing into our research. Ranger will attract the nation’s leading researchers and accelerate their work to produce faster, more probing analyses of the information they generate. There is no question that Ranger’s massive computing power will lead to some of the most significant discoveries of our time. We are pleased that UT Austin and the Texas Advanced Computing Center are playing a leadership role in this endeavor.”

    For more information on Ranger, please visit: www.rangersupercomputer.com.

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