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The LIGO project, a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program, recently chose Nor-Tech to supply a hybrid cluster using Intel® Phi™ accelerator. Nor-Tech’s  decades-long history developing innovative HPC (High Performance Compute) solutions for diverse, public and private sector projects, sets them apart in the highly competitive Supercomputing industry. With Nor-Tech’s invaluable experience and unrivaled qualifications, they are the right choice for your Supercomputer needs, big or small. Contact Nor-tech’s HPC team to discuss your project today.

Nor-Tech has been a supplier of HPC (High Performance Compute) Supercomputer systems for the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) project for the last eight years. LIGO is a NSF funded project which involves over 50 institutions and more than 800 individuals working to analyze the data collected from sensors located in Washington state and Louisiana. Gravity waves were first predicted by Einstein’s theory of relativity. The discovery of gravity waves would confirm one of the last unproven predictions made by Einstein and it could also open up a whole new field of astronomy and could lead to the discovery of what are currently hypothetical objects like cosmic strings.  

Over the years Nor-Tech has supplied both CPU and hybrid CPU/GPGPU clusters to many of the universities involved in the hunt for gravity waves. Because much of the computing work being done for the LIGO project involves filtering vast amounts of data using FFT (Fast Fourier Transforms) the project is a natural fit for acceleration by either NVidia® GPU’s as in the deployment at the University of Syracuse of a 88,000 GPU core hybrid cluster or now with the recent introduction of the Intel Phi™. The poster at this link gives you some information about why GPGPU acceleration is of interest for the LIGO project.

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