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K-State Today

December 6, 2017



Beocat regains title as largest academic supercomputer in Kansas

By Daniel Andresen

Supercomputer disk drives

The K-State research computing cluster, Beocat, is currently the largest academic research supercomputer in Kansas through a recent purchase of 120 additional servers, funded by faculty in agronomy, animal science, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and psychology.

Beocat has grown to approximately 2.2PB of storage and about 7,800 processor cores on machines ranging from dual-processor Xeons with 64GB RAM to six 80-core Xeons with 1TB RAM, leapfrogging its competition at the University of Kansas.

Beocat is the central computing resource for multiple departments across campus, and is available to any academic researcher in Kansas and their partners under the statewide KanShare memorandum of understanding. 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 Wichita State University, Washburn University, Bethany College, Pittsburg State University, the University of Kansas and other institutions.

Beocat is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Information Technology Services.

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