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GPU Heterogeneous Supercomputing: USAF PlayStation Cluster

Researchers at the Air Force Research Lab put their theories into action by designing what one senior scientist at the Air Force lab described as “by far and away the largest interactive high-performance computer” utilizing custom-designed heterogeneous CPU, GPU, and cell broadband processors found in Sony PS3s.

After months of testing their applications on Red Barn 1U CPU/GPU servers, the Air Force Research Lab set out a list of specifications they needed to best accommodate their applications. The specifications included 2 GPUs, a 10GbE network to aggregate and communicate with the Playstations, and a QDR InfiniBand network interconnect for the servers, all within a 2U form factor.

In the end, Red Barn was the chosen vendor for this $2 million project because we listened to their needs and when their needs could not be met in the marketplace – we custom-built a server for them based entirely on their space and specication constraints.

Partnering with Red Barn from the onset will provide your organization with an invaluable asset. Potential users of GPU computing will benet from our experience in helping to determine the optimal CPU/GPU configuration. Much like we did with the Air Force, we will work with our clients during every step from concept to completion to help ensure every objective is met. Our aim is to facilitate your research agenda and provide the ideal balance between cost of ownership and performance in order to provide companies and research entities the tools needed to achieve their objectives.


Multiprocessor Servers: Genome Research at Whitehead Institute

In search of rare genetic variants that are exceedingly difficult to detect, Yaniv Erlich, (Fellow Scholar at Whitehead Institute for BioMedical Research) has developed a novel, highly efficient approach to genome sequencing. Combining genetics and computation, his research relies heavily on sophisticated mathematical and statistical modeling.

To facilitate his research agenda, Yaniv needed the appropriate hardware to assure fast and reliable results. Yaniv turned to Red Barn HPC for a server with 48 cores, 128Gb of memory, and 12 Terabytes of SAS II storage, all in a 4U form factor. Red Barn is proud to provide the computational power that allows Yaniv to leverage his unique talents, and focus on solving genetic riddles and curing diseases.