June 20, 2013
CLEMSON, S.C., June 20 -- Clemson University's Palmetto Cluster ranks fifth on the list of university-owned supercomputers in the United States, according to the June 2013 Top500 list of international supercomputers.
“Clemson is on the move in a big way,” said Jim Bottum, Clemson’s vice provost and chief information officer. “This ranking shows tremendous progress toward Clemson's goal of becoming a top 20 public university; but even more important is how this enables and empowers our faculty, students and staff to conduct competitive, engaging and collaborative work in a global environment.”
Bottum said he was brought to Clemson to build a world-class cyberinfrastructure for education, research and service. However, he maintains that enabling learning and discovery is more than just offering compute cycles; it requires creating a collaborative environment where IT specialists work in partnership with faculty and students to create an advanced cyberinfrastructure that serves the needs of a multi-disciplinary set of programs.
The Palmetto Cluster is an example of the collaborative partnerships driving Clemson’s progress. It also enables research and other computationally intense work that could not be done prior to the development of the system.
“This ranking recognizes Clemson’s new role as a leader in campus-based, high-performance computing systems," said Jim Pepin, Clemson’s chief technology officer. "Plus, our academic community is now equipped to compete for and win contracts and grants that were previously out of reach.”
Since 1993, the Top500 list has been produced twice a year and is the most extensive survey of trends and changes in the global supercomputing arena.
Source: Clemson University
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