The AFRL CONDOR supercomputer was built in Fall 2010 at the Naresky Facility of the Air Force Research Lab in Rome, NY. This system is a heterogeneous supercomputer comprised of commercial-off-the-shelf commodity components including 1,716 Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) game consoles and 168 general purpose Nvidia CUDA Graphical Processing Units. AFRL CONDOR supercomputer has 500 TFLOPS of processing power, which is equivalent to about one-fifth the speed of the fastest computer in the world. Prof. Khanna has been granted access to AFRL CONDOR for 3 years as part of a CRADA agreement with the Air Force Research Lab in Rome. This access agreement includes an unlimited allocation on the system. He plans to scale up his black hole astrophysics simulations from his small-sized 16 PS3 cluster to the CONDOR supercomputer that is two orders-of-magnitude larger.
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Author: "Gaurav Khanna [Contact]"
Submitted by: Olivia Farinha
Department: College Of Engineering - Phy