MEDIA ADVISORY: Most Powerful Supercomputer at an Academic Institution in the U.S. – 12th in the World – Coming to UT Austin

Stampede2 supercomputer
In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $30 million award to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin to acquire and deploy a new large scale supercomputing system, Stampede 2, as a strategic national resource to provide high-performance computing capabilities for thousands of researchers across the U.S. Photo courtesy of Texas Advanced Computing Center

What: The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin will host a dedication for a new $30 million supercomputer that is the most powerful in the U.S at an academic institution. The system, called Stampede2, will be used for scientific research and serve as a strategic national resource to provide high-performance computing capabilities.

When: 1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., Friday, July 28.

Where: J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road, Advanced Computing Building, Building 205. Map and directions can be found at: https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/about/contact/

Media: The event is open to the media. To RSVP, contact Faith Singer-Villalobos at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, rsvp@tacc.utexas.edu.

Background: Funded by the National Science Foundation, Stampede2 builds on the technology and expertise from the first Stampede system, which was also housed at UT Austin and funded by the NSF in 2011. The new supercomputer will have about the equivalent processing power of 100,000 desktop computers and deliver a peak performance of up to 18 petaflops, or 18 quadrillion mathematical operations per second. This increased speed and power will allow scientists and engineers to tackle larger, more complex problems that were not previously possible.

Event activities:

1:45-2:15pm   Tour of Stampede2 with TACC executive Dan Stanzione, Human Data Interaction Lab & Machine Room, Advanced Computing Building (ACB) and Research Office Complex (ROC)

2:30-3:30pm   Remarks, ACB Auditorium

  • Dan Jaffe, Emcee, vice president for research, UT Austin
  • Dan Stanzione, executive director, Texas Advanced Computing Center
  • Gregory L. Fenves, president, UT Austin
  • Irene Qualters, director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation
  • Karen Quintos, chief customer officer, DELLEMC
  • Nash Palaniswamy, senior director, Intel
  • Martin Berzins, professor of computer science, University of Utah
  • David Daniel, deputy chancellor, UT System

3:30-3:45pm   Q&A from audience and media

3:45-4:45pm   General Tours, Human Data Interaction Lab & Machine Room

                        Tour #1: 3:45-4:15pm

                        Tour #2: 4:00-4:30pm

                        Tour #3: 4:15-4:45pm

The system is deployed with vendor partners Dell EMC, Intel Corporation and Seagate Technology. Researchers from Clemson University, Cornell University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Indiana University and Ohio State University will also be involved.