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Beocat extends reign as largest academic supercomputer in Kansas

By Daniel Andresen


The K-State research computing cluster Beocat is currently the largest academic research cluster in Kansas. Through recent contributions totaling more than $200,000 from faculty in agronomy, biology, chemical engineering and plant pathology, Beocat has grown to approximately 600TB of storage and ~2500 processor cores on machines ranging from dual-processor Opterons with 8GB RAM to six 80-core Xeons with 1TB RAM connected by 40Gbps QDR Infiniband. 

Use of Beocat is free for professors and students in the state of Kansas. In addition to many users across the K-State campus, Beocat also is a resource for users from Washburn University, Bethany College, Pittsburg State University, the University of Kansas and other institutions. Beocat is supported by National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy and  university grants.

For more information contact Daniel Andresen, director of the institute for computational research in engineering and science, dan@k-state.edu or at 785-532-7914.

(Editor’s note: Reprinted from K-State Today’s article published May 19, 2014.)

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