UK's Supercomputer Now Three Times Faster

Dec 4, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Up to 140 trillion mathematical calculations per second – that’s how much data the University of Kentucky’s new supercomputer cluster can process.

UK officials announced the $2.6 million computer upgrade Monday at a symposium highlighting how researchers from a variety of fields are using the technology.

“Problems in the research space could consume all computing you give it. Because some of these problems are very complex, they handle very large amounts of data with some very interesting computation going on. So because of that we’re under pressure to constantly improve the performance of that hardware,” said Vince Kellen, Vice President for Academic Planning, Analytics, and Technologies at UK.

The upgrade means UK’s supercomputer is now three times faster than the previous system.

Officials also announced Monday that UK received a one million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cyber infrastructure on campus.