“What is Computed Here Changes the World: The Stampede Supercomputing System”

Jay Boisseau, Ph. D.

Dr. John (Jay) R. Boisseau, Director of TACC
The University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation

The Stampede supercomputer is a new, world-class computing system deployed by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. TACC, working with Dell and Intel, was awarded a competitive, $51.5M project from the National Science Foundation to design, deploy, and operate Stampede, and to support research in all areas of science and engineering: biology and biomedicine; weather and climate prediction; energy production and new energy sources; physics and astrophysics; chemistry and materials science; etc.

Stampede’s innovative design and new technologies–including Intel’s new Xeon Phi processors–enable massive computations to address the biggest research problems, along with tremendous visualization and data analysis capabilities. This presentation will reveal the Stampede supercomputing system design, show how both modeling/simulation and ‘Big Data’ science applications will be enabled, and present some early science results of this new system. Come learn how Stampede is enabling discoveries that advance science and change the world.


Jay is the director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. Since founding TACC in 2001, it has become one of the leading advanced computing centers in the world. TACC develops, deploys, and operates high performance computing, scientific visualization, and massive data storage systems for open scientific research. Jay provides the vision and strategy that guide the overall resources & services, research & development, and education & outreach programs of TACC. He has expanded the computational resources to provide world-class capabilities, culminating in two of the largest NSF awards in UT Austin history: Stampede, deployed in January 2013, is valued at over $50 million with a peak performance 20 times more powerful than TACC’s Ranger, which marked the largest NSF award in UT Austin’s history at $59 million in 2007. He leads TACC’s NSF-funded HPC system projects and is one of the leaders in the NSF-funded eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program for open science research. He is also instrumental in the University of Texas Research Cyberinfrastructure (UTRC) Project, which is designed to enhance the 15 UT System institutions’ research programs by leveraging TACC’s advanced computing systems and expertise.