Rensselaer Seeking Creative, Clever Students to Help Name New Supercomputer
New IBM Blue Gene/Q System, Funded by $2.65
Million NSF Grant, Now Installed at the Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute Supercomputing Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
is looking to its brilliant students, world-class faculty, and
peerless staff to help name its new supercomputing system.
The system, comprised of a powerful IBM Blue Gene/Q
supercomputer, was recently installed at the Rensselaer
Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI).
Between its 200 teraflops of computational power, exceptionally
low energy consumption, and ability to help researchers tackle
critical challenges ranging from advanced manufacturing to
cancer screening, the new system seemingly has it all.
Everything but a name, that is.
So Rensselaer is turning to the campus community for
inspiration and illumination. Students, faculty, and staff are
encouraged to visit http://research.rpi.edu/name-our-q/
and propose a name for the new supercomputing system.
Submitting a name requires RCS authentication.
Submissions will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct.
29. The final name, as decided by a group of Rensselaer faculty
members and campus leaders, will be unveiled before the end of
the year. Anyone whose suggestion is used as the final name
will receive a yet-to-be-determined prize.
“Supercomputing touches—or will soon touch—nearly every
discipline on campus, from science and engineering to finance,
social sciences, and the arts. The importance of this
technology cannot be overstated,” said Christopher Carothers,
professor in the Department of Computer Science at Rensselaer,
and lead researcher on the NSF grant that funded the new
supercomputing system. “There is a tradition of naming
supercomputer systems to give them an identity and personality.
We want to do this with our new Blue Gene/Q system, and we are
confident the Rensselaer community will not be shy about
sharing their innovative, clever, and most inspired ideas for
what that name should be.”
Along with the Blue Gene/Q computer, the new system features
a multiterabyte memory (RAM) storage accelerator, petascale
disk storage, rendering cluster, remote display wall systems,
and other components. The result is a machine with a balanced
combination of computational power, fast data access, and
Along with faculty members and students at Rensselaer,
researchers nationwide will be able to request time on the new
supercomputing system. An allocation committee will soon be
formed to assess proposals on the basis of scientific merit and
the potential to broaden the system's user community and range
The new system is housed in the Rensselaer supercomputing
center, CCNI. Since opening in 2007 as the world's seventh
largest computer, CCNI has helped researchers at Rensselaer and
around the country tackle scientific and engineering problems
ranging from the modeling of materials, flows, and
microbiological systems, to the development of entirely new
CCNI is a $100 million partnership between Rensselaer, IBM,
and New York state. The center supports a network of more than
700 researchers, faculty, and students from 50 universities,
government laboratories, and companies who have run
high-performance science and engineering applications across a
diverse spectrum of disciplines.
Contact: Michael Mullaney
Phone: (518) 276-6161