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HHMI Janelia Farm Completes Computing Cluster Upgrade

By Alex Philippidis

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus has completed an upgrading of its computing cluster as part of a regular four-year refreshing of its technology.

The upgraded cluster is 10 times faster than the one it replaced, with 36 teraflops of peak performance and around a half petabyte of data in its primary storage — six times the memory of the previous cluster.

The cluster consists of 504 servers running 4032 cores and are built from two-way Dell PowerEdge R610 servers based on Intel Xeon processors x5550 running at 2.66 GHz. Housed in 14 racks, the servers are each connected to an Arista 7148 SX top of the rack switch, Vijay Samalam, director of scientific computing and information technology at Janelia Farm, told GenomeWeb Daily News.

"The new cluster is already generating a lot more data than the old one because of its capabilities, but we will have a better idea of the actual numbers after it has been in production for a while," Samalam said.

Samalam added that no new personnel were needed or hired to set up the upgraded computer cluster or run it.

HHMI would not disclose the cost of its new equipment.