They were using highly sophisticated data computing apps like MATLAB and needed maximum computing power.
CHICAGO (PRWEB) September 30, 2014
Ace Computers, one of the leading custom computer builders and resellers in the U.S., delivered a custom high performance computing (HPC) solution to the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder).
The university group submitted an initial order for Ace Computers Powerworks nodes and then submitted a second order for upgraded versions of same equipment 2 months later; capitalizing on one of the primary benefits of custom technology (replication).
The university, along with collaborators at MIT, is working on optical (photonic) chip circuits capable of replacing electrical communication links in multicore processors and memory. The communications links have effectively reached their performance limits because of energy efficiency constraints. The CU-Boulder/MIT photonic circuits enable much more energy efficient communication links inside a microprocessor— allowing the continued scaling of Moore’s Law.
But in order to successfully design new photonic circuits requires enormous computing resources – processing power and memory bandwidth-- and this is where Ace Computers’ expertise came in.
Ace Computers’ Mike Leach understood the university’s need to maximize memory bandwidth at minimal cost. “I knew they needed to crunch large amounts of data,” he said. “They were using highly sophisticated data computing apps like MATLAB and needed maximum computing power.”
CU-Boulder professor Milos Popovic, said, “The computation power and memory bandwidth we needed was significant. We needed a fast set of compute nodes, each with several microprocessors – 32-48 cores in each machine. And, we needed to maximize memory bandwidth. We didn’t have the time to figure it out ourselves so we found industry experts that we could trust to provide a solution.”
Leach was aware that, like most educational institutions, CU-Boulder is always under budget constraints. Because they knew exactly what they need the equipment to do and didn’t need or want to pay for a lot of unnecessary capabilities and features—custom technology was a logical solution.
Using designs generated by Ace Computers equipment, the CU-Boulder/MIT team just demonstrated the world’s first optical modulator in an advanced, microprocessor-grade CMOS process and has applied for patents.
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