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Intel and Silicon Mechanics Spotlight Polizzi

Eric Polizzi

Two leading electronics companies, Intel and Silicon Mechanics, have posted an article for their extensive customer base on the work of recent NSF CAREER award recipient Eric Polizzi of our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and his use of an Intel® Cluster Ready HPC to speed up his research and boost performance. “Researchers in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, are exploring the computation of large-scale physics and engineering problems in nanosciences,” the article explains. “Professor Eric Polizzi and his team develop applied mathematics techniques and robust parallel algorithms for enabling realistic numerical simulations on HPC platforms.” As ECE Department Head Christopher Hollot commented about the article, “Good stuff for college PR!” Link to article: silicon mechanics.

Polizzi and his team of researchers are developing software algorithms to help engineers solve complex mathematical systems. They use those algorithms themselves for modeling nanoelectronic components—ultra-small devices that will serve as the next generation of transistor. To solve larger systems and enhance the detail of models, the group decided to move up from a single computer workstation to a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster based on the latest Intel® processing architecture. Intel and Silicon Mechanics helped them select a certified Intel® Cluster Ready cluster equipped with the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series. After a rapid deployment of the system, the researchers are capitalizing on outstanding, scalable performance without complicated IT management.

“It might have taken us several months to design, test, and deploy an HPC system on our own,” says Polizzi. “By choosing an Intel Cluster Ready system through Silicon Mechanics, we were ready for research in less than one month.”

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products, and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products, Intel introduced the world's first microprocessor in 1971. Silicon Mechanics is a leading manufacturer of rackmount servers, storage, and high-performance computing clusters with one of the most comprehensive product offerings available. (January 2010)