New U of A supercomputer, El Gato - Tucson News Now

New U of A supercomputer, El Gato

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The University of Arizona has a new super computer that can help them answer some of the toughest questions when it comes to scientific research.  It's called El Gato and it's the size of three refrigerators standing side by side.

Brant Robertson, an assistant professor of astronomy headed up the effort in getting this type of computer for the U of A.  He and his team were able to secure a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund El Gato, which stands for the Extremely Large Advanced Technology System. 

Its processing power is more than 13 times greater than the previous high performance computing systems at the U of A.Here is why its performance is so great, it has CPUs (central processing units and GPUs (graphic processing units) which are commonly found in smart phones or game consoles. 

El Gato was made specifically for the University of Arizona, and when discussing supercomputers like El Gato, oil companies use them to find underground oil reservoirs; while finance companies use them to figure out how fast the stock markets are changing.

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