Penguin Computing Builds Top-100 Supercomputer for Georgia Tech

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10,000+ Core System with 100 Teraflop Maximum Performance Used for Large-Scale Systems Biology Research

We are extremely proud of the MYRIAD system at Georgia Tech, not just because of its technical superiority, but the timeframe in which we were able to deliver it

Penguin Computing, experts in high performance computing (HPC) solutions, today announced that it has built one of the world’s largest supercomputers for the Center for the Study of Systems Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), one of the leading research universities in the U.S. Ranking within the top 100 supercomputers in the world, Georgia Tech’s massive MYRIAD cluster comprises over 10,000 CPU cores with a 100 TFLOP (teraflop) theoretical maximum performance. Georgia Tech’s Systems Biology group headed by Dr. Jeffrey Skolnick is using MYRIAD for large-scale computer simulations of proteins and cell models, with the aim of accelerating the process of drug discovery, as well as the diagnosing and treating disorders such as cancer.

Skolnick noted, “Penguin’s expertise and commitment to high-performance computing can be seen through the power, sophistication, density and efficiency of the MYRIAD supercomputer. Moreover, Penguin’s customer service and dedication to making this highly complex cluster essentially ‘plug and play’ for Georgia Tech added to the notable cost and time efficiencies of this project. We look forward to continuing to work with Penguin Computing as a partner in accelerating the important work in systems biology research at Georgia Tech.”

MYRIAD demonstrates the power of the industry’s most advanced hardware, delivered in a massive, extremely dense, high-performance Linux cluster. Penguin developed MYRIAD using quad-socket AMD Opteron compute blades using the latest AMD six-core CPUs packed into a highly dense platform. It has over 320 terabytes of storage, over 4.5 miles of cable and uses 300 kilowatts of power.

Penguin Computing is focused on building and delivering complete, state-of-the-art high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, quickly and cost-efficiently. It delivered the first installation of the MYRIAD supercomputer to Georgia Tech as a fully-assembled, racked and cabled system only eight weeks after winning the contract in July, 2009. Two months after that, in December, 2009, MYRIAD went into live production at Georgia Tech.

“We are extremely proud of the MYRIAD system at Georgia Tech, not just because of its technical superiority, but the timeframe in which we were able to deliver it,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO at Penguin Computing. “The Center for the Study of Systems Biology at Georgia Tech is a true leader in their field, and we are honored that we could play a significant role in supporting their efforts to advance research for cancer and other major diseases.”

In a separate release today, Penguin announced that it is expanding its presence in Europe with a broad range of HPC solutions. For more information, please see press release at

About Penguin Computing

Penguin Computing is a global leader in high-performance computing (HPC), delivering complete, integrated HPC solutions, from the workstation to the cloud.  With a focus on cutting-edge technology, ease-of-use and exceptional customer service, Penguin cost-effectively meets the needs of the world’s most demanding HPC users, including Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Navy. Today, Penguin delivers a range of solutions, from massive Linux clusters to “Penguin on Demand” (POD), a new service that provides a complete HPC solution in the cloud. Penguin has been an innovator in HPC solutions for over a decade, and the company’s founder Donald Becker is recognized as the “Father of Linux Clustering.” For more information about Penguin Computing and Penguin products please go to

About Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked the 12th best engineering and information technology university in the world by the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings and seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

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Lisa Sheeran
Sheeran/Jager Communication for Penguin

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