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UT Austin Boosts U.S. Science with Largest Academic Supercomputer in the World

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Frontera Supercomputer

WHAT: The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin will dedicate Frontera, a new National Science Foundation-funded supercomputer that is the fastest at any U.S. university and the fifth most powerful in the world. This makes UT Austin home to the two fastest academic supercomputers in the U.S., Frontera and Stampede2 (#19).

WHEN: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

WHERE: J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road, Advanced Computing Building (ACB), 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 Aaron Dubrow at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, aarondubrow@tacc.utexas.edu.

BACKGROUND: Since 2006, TACC has built and operated three supercomputers that debuted in the Top 10 most powerful systems in the world: Ranger (2008), Stampede1 (2012) and Stampede2 (2017), as well as three other systems that debuted in the Top 25. Frontera continues this tradition of leadership. TACC supercomputers allow the nation’s academic researchers to advance work in all fields of study, enabling simulation and modeling, artificial intelligence and data analytics at the largest scales.

Event activities:

2:30 to 3:15 p.m.        Remarks, ACB Auditorium

  • Dan Stanzione, Associate VP for Research and Executive Director, TACC
  • Gregory L. Fenves, President, UT Austin
  • Fleming Crim, Chief Operating Officer, National Science Foundation
  • Patricia Damkroger, VP and GM for the Extreme Computing Organization, Intel
  • Thierry Pellegrino, VP for Business Strategy & HPC Solutions Server and Infrastructure Systems, Dell EMC
  • Dan Jaffe, Emcee, VP for Research, UT Austin

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.      Human Data Interaction Lab & Frontera Tours, Start in ACB Lobby

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.      Early Science Presentations