Donald B. Johnston of reports, “Catalyst, a first-of-a-kind supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is available to industry collaborators to test big data technologies, architectures and applications. Developed by a partnership of Cray, Intel and Lawrence Livermore, this Cray CS300 high performance computing (HPC) cluster is available for collaborative projects with industry through Livermore’s High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC). ‘Over the next decade, global data volume is forecasted to reach more than 35 zettabytes,’ (a zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes) said Fred Streitz, director of the HPCIC. ‘That enormous amount of unstructured data provides an opportunity. But how do we extract value and inform better decisions out of that wealth of raw information?’ “


Johnston continues, “A resource for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program, the 150 teraflop/s (trillion floating operations per second) Catalyst cluster has 324 nodes, 7,776 cores and employs the latest-generation 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2695v2 processors. Catalyst runs the NNSA-funded Tri-lab Open Source Software (TOSS) that provides a common user environment across NNSA Tri-lab clusters (Los Alamos, Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national labs).”


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