After almost six years of providing computing resources to the CCNI user community, the IBM Blue Gene/L system will be retired on Monday, April 15. Individuals planning to migrate their activities to other systems should do so before the decommissioning date.
The Blue Gene/L system was installed on May 17, 2007, as part of a $100 million partnership between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM, and New York State. With 32,768 IBM Power 440 processors, 12 TB of RAM, and a peak performance of 91.8 teraflops, Rensselaer made a dramatic entry in the supercomputing world, placed #7 worldwide overall and #1 for university-owned supercomputers. Since that time, the Blue Gene/L has clocked well over a billion CPU-hours to solve a variety of scientific and engineering problems.