Florida Polytechnic University and IBM announce new supercomputing center

Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group, and IBM announced a new supercomputing center to educate students in emerging technology fields.

The supercomputer consists of five racks of systems that include nearly 1,000 core processors, IBM software defined storage technology – code name Elastic Storage – that manages more than 150 terabytes of data, 3.072 terabytes of online memory, and Platform Computing software to maximize prioritized job scheduling and utilization.

The 2,500-square-foot supercomputing center will welcome its inaugural class of 500 students in August.

The center, which is being developed with the support of IBM Business Partner Flagship Solutions, will house an IBM supercomputer and is designed to provide students with an opportunity to receive hands-on training and experience using high performance computing systems.

The supercomputing center will support concentrations at Florida Polytechnic University such as Cybersecurity, Big Data & Analytics, Cloud Virtualization and other engineering and computer science emphases as well as being harnessed for research projects led by faculty members and graduate students, said IBM.

Meanwhile, Florida Polytechnic University will work with IBM’s Academic Initiative, which includes a network of more than 30,000 partnerships between IBM and higher education professionals to help advance curriculum in areas such as Big Data and Analytics, Cloud Computing, Security and Social Business.

Tom Hull, CIO for Florida Polytechnic University, said: “After considering the mission of the University, I realized that an IBM Supercomputer Complex could satisfy our need for a High Performance Computing center and a Student Data Center for both our curriculum and applied research at a high level. “

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