Monday, February 17, 2014

Computational Astronomy Lives!

Stephen Hawking’s pioneering Cosmos supercomputer for the Miracle Consortia is using the world’s first symmetric multi-processor (SMP) to be powered by Intel’s Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture

Cosmos makes use of SGI’s “Big Brain”–the SGI UV 2000–which houses 32 Xeon Phi co-processors utilizing a total of 1,856 cores in a cache-coherent shared-memory space of nearly 15 terabytes (TB) to focus on scientific discovery, leading worldwide efforts to advance our understanding of the universe.

The Cosmos supercomputer and the Miracle Consortia pursue the most vexing problems in cosmology. Consortia members include top British universities (see full list below). 

The latest COSMOS supercomputer will support key UK research in several key areas:
  • Discovering new extra-solar planets
  • Assist in lattice field-theory simulations of the early universe
  • Validate new cosmological models–including superstrings and extra dimensions
  • Study cosmic background radiation, galaxy distributions and the generation of primordial gravitational waves.
  • Answering “big brain” questions such as “how many exoplanets have the right conditions for life?”

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