With more and more people pouring into GCIS as
the old RI building finally closes down for
good, space is becoming scarce enough that we
can no longer afford to have public walkup
computers. And in truth, these were never
adequate for the purpose of computational
computing. Many of our research groups have
long had compute servers and Beowulf clusters of
their own to do simulation on, and now JFI/MRSEC
has a resource that will provide such a platform
for the Institute in general. This machine will
also provide a general purpose, shared community
UNIX shell environment similar in nature to what
was once provided on harper.uchicago.edu.
With this, those who currently use joule for
that purpose or once did, may now find such a
service on the new machine.
There were about 10 entries. The six that met
the technical requirements of length, etc., were
submitted to a panel of six experimentalists and
theorists, physicists and chemists, students,
faculty and postdocs. Two names were tied for
first place. Brent was given the tie-breaking
Jin Wang has chosen the name superabacus.
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