Penguin Computing Delivers University Of Delaware's Fastest Supercomputer to Global Computing Laboratory

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Custom GPGPU cluster to be used for the development and testing of next generation parallel computing algorithms for molecular modeling

We are delighted that Dr. Taufer and the University of Delaware have chosen Penguin Computing to support their research in GPU-based molecular modeling

Penguin Computing, experts in high performance computing solutions, today announced that the University of Delaware Global Computing Laboratory has deployed the university's largest supercomputer, code-named "Geronimo", based on a custom GPGPU design utilizing NVIDIA Tesla GPU computing technology coupled with Intel 5400 series processors.

The cluster, funded by the University in conjunction with the NVIDIA University Partnership Program, will be used to support the research goals of the Global Computing Laboratory headed by Assistant Professor Michela Taufer. The University of Delaware's team including Dr. Taufer and key collaborators Dr. Sandeep Patel from the Chemistry Department and Dr. Dionisios G. Vlachos from the Chemical Engineering Department is targeting the enhanced performance of large-scale simulations of molecular systems based on Monte Carlo (MC) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) methods.

"MC and MD simulations are excellent targets for GPU acceleration since most aspects of these algorithms are easily parallelizable," said Professor Taufer. "Our GPGPU cluster is not a traditional cluster and we needed Penguin Computing's expertise in designing a high-quality, turn-key system that optimized our performance goals within our fixed budget."

The Penguin designed "Geronimo" cluster provides over 12 TFLOPS of compute power and was delivered as a turn-key integrated system.

"We are delighted that Dr. Taufer and the University of Delaware have chosen Penguin Computing to support their research in GPU-based molecular modeling," says Tom Coull, General Manager Products and Engineering at Penguin Computing. "The utilization of parallel computing architectures such as GPUs constitutes an important step towards the ultimate goal of achieving atomistic resolution of very large length scales over very long time scales. Supporting this objective for researchers and scientists involved in atomistic molecular dynamics simulation remains a key focus area for Penguin Computing."

About Penguin Computing
Penguin Computing, headquartered in San Francisco, California, specializes in complete, integrated HPC clustering solutions. Penguin has been a successful innovator for over a decade, providing Linux HPC solutions to a variety of industries. Penguin's staff, including the originator of the Beowulf Cluster architecture, has unsurpassed experience in delivering a powerful combination of fully integrated HPC clusters, comprehensive cluster management software, and services. For more information about Penguin Computing and Penguin products please go to

About the University of Delaware
The University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence, from our founding as a small private academy in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation's historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. UD also is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with very high research activity--a designation accorded to less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities.

A state-assisted, privately governed institution, UD offers courses in a broad range of disciplines, including 4 associate's programs, 130 bachelor's programs, 79 master's programs and 39 doctoral programs through our seven colleges and in collaboration with more than 50 research centers. Our student body includes more than 16,000 undergraduates, 3,500 graduate students, and 1,000 students in professional and continuing studies from across the United States and around the world.

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