Stephen Hawking the first person to use Big Brain supercomputer

Prof Stephen Hawking was the crash dummy in a test to showcase the skills of new supercomputer which could help unlock the secrets to the universe

Professor Stephen Hawking was the first person to use the UV2 Big Brain, SGI’s new super computer, it has been revealed.

The machine, set to be unveiled at the International Supercomputing Conference next week, has been dubbed the world’s largest shared memory system and has the ability to host up to 4,096 cores and 64 terabytes of memory (that, for those blissfully unaware, is a hell of a lot of kit).

According to Hawking, the UV2, which costs a whopping $30,000, will help scientists unlock key secrets to the universe.

He said: "The flexible new UV 2 COSMOS system, soon to be supercharged with Intel's MIC technology, will ensure that UK researchers remain at the forefront of fundamental and observational cosmology."

The SGI UV2 was designed around Intel’s Xeon processor E5 and runs a unique brand of Linux software, as well as NVIDIA Quadro GPUs (graphics processing unit).

Source: TechEye

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