WUFT News

How UF’s New Supercomputer Concludes 70-Year Studies Within Hours

By and on August 5th, 2013
Erik Deumens and the UF HiPerGator on Waldo Road

Kasey Greenhalgh

Erik Deumens and the UF HiPerGator in an East Campus building on Waldo Road.

Behind the padlocked doors of one building on UF’s East Campus, 2008 NE Waldo Road, is a loud machine capable of reading the millions of volumes on UF’s library shelves several hundred times in one second.

In an oversized temperature-controlled room, columns of silicon, copper, plastics, fiber, metallics and more make up this powerful machine. Erik Deumens, director of Research Computing at UF, said its speed and power qualifies it to compete with the country’s best technology.

Deumens collaborated for more than a year with other computer science professors and engineers to create HiPerGator.

The units that run the system cost $3.4 million dollars to build. They left plenty of empty room for growth and constructed a ventilation system to keep the equipment from overheating.

“The building is divided into two parts,” Deumens said, ”from the bottom to the top to separate the two machine rooms and that room is rated as a very high security.”

HiPerGator, one of the top 10 fastest supercomputers in the nation has already completed tasks. One of its first major tasks was to find adverse effects from 140,ooo drugs on 2,800 different types of people. If researchers had taken the individual time and manpower to do the study themselves, it would have taken 69 years. HiperGator completed the entire task with results in 50 hours.

“I would say the HiPerGator part of the project is completed. Now we need to take the results from the HiperGator and go into the lab and try and validate the results,” said David Ostrov, associate professor for the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine.

Ostrov is also trying to find what boosts immune systems to fight diseases and cancer. He says HiPerGator has sped up diabetes and cancer research faster than he ever dreamed.

Ostrov hopes to know within the next year whether or not this strategy is going to be useful for boosting immune responses against tumors. He says he’s thrilled to be part of something so monumental and expects the results will be used in clinics within the next five years.

Last year, Internet2, which oversees the progress of every research university in the U.S., suggested all research universities be connected at a faster bandwith. With help from Dell and Terascala, UF’s team was able to give HiPerGator the computing power to chomp data at 150 trillion calculations per second and supply almost three quadrillion megabytes of storage.

Deumens said multiple grants from university funding and faculty buy-in are coming. They are expecting to purchase more power generators and computers this fall, and continue to buy new products every three to six months based on need or demand.

The High Performance Computing Center or HPC puts on presentations every week or so to teach people how to use the supercomputer and show easy tricks to maneuver through its system.


This entry was posted in Technology and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Technology

Gainesville Tech Startup Paracosm Receives $3.3 Million In Seed Funding

The office wall displayed a colorful array of parakeet-themed art — a detailed watercolor painting, an Angry Bird-esque cartoon, a photograph of a parakeet with a house cat.


Pictured above is a sample of a text-to-911 message received by the 911 center. Through the service, responders can quickly locate and assist individuals in case of an emergency.

Alachua County Second In Florida To Launch Text-to-911

Alachua County is the second county in Florida to provide a text-to-911 service. Text-to-911, which launched Nov. 3, allows emergency services to locate and assist individuals in need by routing their message to the appropriate 911 center. Senders receive bounce-back messages if a text does not go through.


Isaiah Attah, a subject in "Terra Blight," was 13 years old during the film and is now 18. Attah was metal scavenging for extra money to pay for school.

University of Florida Alumni Shed Light on Electronic Waste

Environmental documentary to showcase in Rome this October. Director and community members share their thoughts on the impact of old electronics.


Magnificent Sabu looks at the TruVitals vital signs monitor after chief technology investigator prepares it for testing at an animal santuary in Florida on March 20, 2014. For reasons pertaining to the contract, the name and location of the sanctuary cannot be named.

Gainesville Startup Develops Wireless Vital Sign Monitor for Animals

Gainesville startup Truvitals has developed a wireless heart monitor for animals. The device will give more accurate readings and allow for veterinarians to monitor large animals without using anesthesia.


New Technology Will Track Customer Shopping Experience

The Smart Shelf is a new technology that may track shopper behavior and cater to customers.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments