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NIH Supercomputing Cluster Lands Spot on Top500 List; CSRA’s Kamal Narang Comments

Kamal Narang

A computing platform that CSRA upgraded for the National Institutes of Health has been named to the Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

NIH’s Biowulf cluster ranked 66th on the Top500’s 2017 list, CSRA said Monday.

Biowulf works to process simultaneous computations related to genomics, statistical analysis, image processing and other areas in biomedical research.

CSRA carried out several phases of computing expansion for NIH and equipped Biowulf with 17 petabytes of additional storage.

Kamal Narang, vice president of CSRA’s federal health group, said the company’s effort to expand NIH’s supercomputing capabilities through the Biowulf update seeks to support the agency’s mission to develop new treatments for diseases.

CSRA managed the procurement, integration and installation of the components into the Biowulf system that include 2,448 compute nodes, 96 graphic processor unit nodes and 30 petabytes of GPFS online storage.

The updated Biowulf system has compute nodes from Hewlett Packard Enterprise; processors from Intel; interconnect components from Mellanox Technologies; storage from DataDirect Networks; cooling platform from Capitol Power Group; GPUs from NVIDIA; and Ethernet switches from Brocade Communication Systems.

The distinction came three months after CSRA led an industry team to install the second computing power increment to the Biowulf cluster.

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