NEW! Centre for High Performance Computing, South Africa
The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), part of
South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research,
hosts the fastest computer on the African continent. CHPC’s
new Dell EMC-powered Lengau system will enable new
opportunities and avenues in cutting-edge research, such as
building the world’s largest radio telescope, and will provide
the computational capacity to build the private sector and
non-academic user base of CHPC to help spur national
Lengau boasts a speed of roughly one petaflop—
faster than CHPC’s previous system and, yet, within a smaller
footprint and consuming less energy. The new system is comprised of 1,039 Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, totaling 19 racks
of compute nodes and storage. It has a total Dell EMC storage capacity of five petabytes, and uses Dell Networking Ethernet
switches and Mellanox EDR InfiniBand with a maximum interconnect speed of 56 gigabytes per second.
The Center’s mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing
technologies. TACC supports the University of Texas System and National
Science Foundation researchers with the newest version of their Stampede
high-performance computing cluster.
With a $30 million award from the NSF, the Center will deploy a new
large-scale supercomputing system, Stampede 2, as a strategic national
resource to provide high-performance computing capabilities for thousands
of researchers across the U.S. This Dell EMC HPC system, based on
PowerEdge servers, pushes the envelope of computational capabilities,
enabling breakthroughs never before imagined. It is currently the largest
cluster accessible as part of the Extreme Science and Engineering
Discovery Environment (XSEDE).
Why is deep learning hot right now?
Deep learning is the fastest-growing field in artificial intelligence
(AI), helping computers make sense of infinite amounts of data
in the form of images, sound, and text. Using multiple levels
of neural networks, computers now have the capacity to see,
learn, and react to complex situations as well or better than
humans. Today’s deep learning solutions rely almost exclusively
on NVIDIA GPU-accelerated computing to train and speed up
challenging applications such as image, handwriting, and voice
To learn more about Dell EMC HPC Innovation Centers, contact an expert or visit Dell.com/hpc.