Successful Expansion of Facilities Boosts Computing-based Research

Plato, a group of computers designed to work on research problems in parallel, got a big boost in capacity last month, essentially tripling the amount of research that can be done in a given period of time.

U of S researchers use Plato to tackle computational problems such as quantum mechanical materials modeling and real-time heart simulation. Plato allows them to run the same computation on multiple data sets at the same time or to break a larger problem into smaller pieces that can be run simultaneously—shortening the time it takes to get results. Plato is also available for teaching and learning in the advanced computing discipline.

In June, ICT added 64 new computers to the Plato, expanding the cluster from 32 computers to 96 computers. Within 24 hours of the expanded capacity becoming available, the amount of research processing being completed had peaked at almost triple of what was possible previously. With this expansion, Plato can now do 36,864 hours of solving problems for researchers in a single day. To do that same amount of computation on a typical computer would take 4.2 years!

Since the expansion, use has consistently remained higher than the previous maximum capacity—helping more researchers get their work done faster.

Plato

Meton Has Arrived

In addition, researchers can now solve bigger problems that couldn’t be done before with the addition of another computing genius – Meton. This army of one, with its massive memory (2 Terabytes of RAM), allows researchers to attack big problems found in disciplines like bioinformatics and the geological sciences.

Support for Advanced Computing

Consultants are readily available to help support your research projects. To enquire about how you can make use of this expansion to Plato, or any of the advanced computing infrastructure, contact hpc_consult@usask.ca.

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