Clemson supercomputers ranked in top 5 fastest at public universities


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CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Palmetto Cluster once again ranked among the top five fastest supercomputers at public universities in the United States in the latest Top500 list released this week at the annual International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany.

The biannual Top500 list is a ranking of the top 500 fastest supercomputers across the globe, including those from national laboratories, corporations, universities and government agencies. Globally, Clemson’s Palmetto cluster ranks as the 66th fastest supercomputer, its third-highest ranking in six years.

In this year’s Top500 list, the Palmetto Cluster’s performance achieved a benchmark of 551 teraflops. In context, one teraflop is equal to one trillion mathematical operations per second.

“The Top500 ranking for the Palmetto Cluster is an indication of the sustained growth of the Clemson computational community,” said Jim Bottum, vice provost for information technology and chief information officer at Clemson. “A significant portion of the cluster is funded by federal grants and this is indicative of the central importance of computing to research and a measure of Clemson’s growth in this area.”

Clemson students, faculty and staff from all across campus take advantage of the world-class computing resources offered in the Palmetto Cluster, and an estimated 88 percent of departments have had one or more faculty or students receive training on how to use the cluster for their research and education activities.

“Almost 75 percent of our users are students and use of these resources adds value to their education and research experiences at Clemson,” Bottum said.

The Palmetto Cluster also couples with Clemson’s National Science Foundation-funded Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Educational Facilitation program (NSF ACI-1341935) designed to extend the reach and impact of campus and national research computing infrastructure on the science conducted by students and faculty.

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