Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations

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The Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) is a collaboration among Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM, and New York State to construct a powerful $100M supercomputer on the RPI campus, slated to be the most powerful computer center on a university and among the 10 most powerful computers in the world when it is completed, sometime during the spring of 2007. The CCNI will focus on reducing the time and costs associated with designing and manufacturing nanoscale materials, devices, and systems.


The supercomputer being assembled is a heterogeneous system consisting of massively-parallel Blue Gene supercomputers, Power-based Linux clusters, and AMD Opteron processor-based clusters. Together, they will create over 70 TeraFLOPS of computational power with associated high-speed networking and storage. The CCNI will connect to the Rensselaer Troy campus and the NYSERNet optical research infrastructure, enabling gigabit/second connections to the Internet and Internet2, National LambdaRail (NLR), and most of the research networks in the world through the peering point at 32 Avenue of the Americas.

In addition to the this infrastructure, in December 2006 IBM donated a Blue Gene supercomputer valued at $2.23 million. This Blue Gene system consists of a single rack with 1,024 dual processor compute nodes, 32 I/O nodes, a service node, a front-end node, and multiple terabytes of SAN-based disk storage. It will be part of the CCNI, but will probably also be used for computational biology and other research.

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