Sun and AMD provide visualization resource at TACC

TACC (Texas Advanced Computing Center) announced today that scientists and researchers using the Ranger supercomputer now have access to Spur, a state-of-the-art visualization resource based on the Sun Visualization System and Sun Fire x64 servers powered by AMD Opteron processors. Spur is the first of its kind to be so closely integrated with an HPC system as powerful as Ranger, according to TACC.

Spur allows researchers and scientists to visualize their data right away, even if they are working at a remote location. TACC users such as Stanford University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center are using Spur for primary data analysis, improvement of code, and remote, real-time visualization of data.

In addition, since Spur’s master and visualization nodes are directly connected to the Sun Datacenter Switch 3456, which is the Infiniband network fabric of Ranger, users can directly access the high performance parallel file systems on Ranger.

To read the full story from TACC, click here.

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