TACC Spur Brings Visualization Power to TeraGrid

The Sun powered Ranger supercomputer, a key resource on the National Science Foundation’s TeraGrid and the most powerful academic system in the world, is now even more attractive to researchers who depend on it to do advanced scientific analysis. With the integration of Spur, they now have the ability to visualize their data immediately.

Spur is the first-of-its-kind visualization resource to be tightly integrated with a high performance computing system (HPC) of Ranger’s magnitude,” Paul Navratil, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) visualization scientist, said. “Each Spur node is more than a researcher will have on their desktop or laptop, and the remote visualization aspect allows the researcher to perform his or her analysis on a powerful machine from a remote location. Researchers no longer have to come to the graphics resources. We’re bringing the graphics resources to them.

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FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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