UNM’s supercomputing capabilities to greatly expand

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – University of New Mexico students will soon have access to the kind of computing power once used at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Construction necessary to fully use the supercomputer Ulam is almost done.

Ulam, named after mathematician and Manhattan Project scientist Stanislaw Ulam, was used for the most complex calculations at LANL.

Susan Atlas, director of UNM’s Center for Advanced Research Computing, said many of the supercomputer’s users will now come from the biology department and UNM Cancer Center.

“It’s really going to open up new opportunities for advanced computing. I think it’s going to help students in term of classes,” Atlas said.

Ulam joins several other supercomputers at UNM. The addition did not cost the university anything, but in order to use the Ulam’s 13 racks, they did have to overhaul CARC. That has involved greatly expanding the cooling and power systems. Atlas said work is ahead of schedule, and they expect to deploy Ulam by the end of February.

“The more resources, the faster I can accomplish my work. So it’s great for me, and it’s great for my students,” Atlas said. “We are really counting the minutes to be able to rip that plastic off, unseal it and finish the deployment.”

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