CSRA-Led Team Expands Capacity of NIH Supercomputing Cluster; Kamal Narang Comments

Kamal Narang

CSRA has led an industry team in efforts to boost the computing capacity of the National Institutes of Health‘s supercomputing cluster.

The company said Wednesday it installed the second computing power increment to the Biowulf supercomputing system designed to run computations in genomics, image processing, statistical analysis and other biomedical research efforts.

The second increment follows a Biowulf upgrade effort performed by CSRA last year with Hewlett Packard EnterpriseIntelDataDirect NetworksMellanox Technologies and Brocade Communication Systems.

Kamal Narang, vice president of CSRA’s federal health group, said the second update will assist NIH researchers in the discovery of new treatments for various diseases.

NIH uses Biowulf to explore potential cures for cancer, diabetes, heart conditions, infectious disease and mental health illnesses.

CSRA noted the second increment covers 1,104 compute nodes, 72 additional graphics processing unit nodes and 4.8 petabytes of additional storage.

The latest upgrade used compute nodes from HPE; an Intel processor; NVIDIA‘s GPU technology; storage from DDN; Infiniband interconnect components from Mellanox; and Brocade’s ethernet switches.

CSRA bought and managed the installation of second increment equipment into Biowulf as prime contractor of the program.

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