Stampede, the newest supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and one of the most advanced scientific research instruments in the world, fills aisle after aisle of a new 11,000-square-foot data center on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Over the past year TACC staff designed, built and deployed Stampede, working closely with Dell and Intel engineers and university researchers.
According to the November 2012 Top 500 list of supercomputers, Stampede is the seventh-most powerful advanced computing system on the planet, but it is the most powerful in the U.S. dedicated to academic research, capable of outperforming 100,000 home computers. In the first three months of operations, approximately 600 projects and more than 1,200 scientists have run on Stampede. These include top researchers in every field of inquiry from earthquake prediction to brain tumor imaging to CO2 capture and conversion.