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Itanium Innovation Alliance Awards 09 for the CESGA-UNEX-UVIGO research team

The CESGA-UNEX-UVIGO team has won in the Computationally Intensive Applications category of the “ITANIUM INNOVATION ALLIANCE AWARDS 09”. This award is given by the Itanium® Solutions Alliance in recognition of remarkable use of supercomputers equipped with Intel® Itanium processors.

These awards recognise, in three different categories, (“Mission-Critical Data”, “Data Center Modernization” and “Computationally Intensive Applications”), the excellence of high-performance computing jobs performed on Itanium-based systems. The criteria for the selection of jobs submitted from 14 countries and five continents are primarily based on the difficulty of the computational challenge presented, the results produced and originality of the proposal. In particular, the category in which the team CESGA-UNEX-UVIGO has won “Computationally Intensive Applications” recognises organizations that have used their Itanium-based systems to cope with enormous and critical computing loads that require high performance consistent and scalable shared resources. The jury composed of prominent members from the industry such as Dr. Barry Hief, Scientific Director of Global Patent Identifiers, Sverre Jarp, Chief Technology Officer of CERN Openlab, or Michelle Pierce, Product Manager of Microsoft's Mainframe Migration Alliance ,(www.itaniumsolutions.org/itanium_innovation_awards/judges) considered CESGA worthy of the award for it use of Finis Terrae supercomputer in the analysis of massive electromagnetic computational problems, the largest with over 500 million unknowns, with multiple applications in the improvement of industrial design. CESGA used HP Integrity servers, equipped with 1.024 parallel Itanium processors and 6TB of memory to achieve this first-of-its-class solution, which was the ticket in winning this prestigious award. The team is formed by researchers Fernado Obelleiro and José Luis Rodríguez from University of Vigo; Luis Landesa and José Manuel Taboada from University of Extremadura and Carlos Mouriño and Andrés Gómez from CESGA. They have worked in a coordinated way for years for, among others, the Spanish Army and Navantia® developing systems that allow to address electromagnetic compatibility studies, aiming to detect interference between antennas, predict dangerous levels of radiation, study its radar equivalent surface, etc. The Supercomputing Centre of Galicia (CESGA) is a partnership between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Xunta de Galicia. CESGA provides computing resources, high-performance communication and advanced services for the Galician Scientific Community, the University Academic System and CSIC. Its goal is to promote high-quality research in Computer Science, in close collaboration with the Galician research community, as well as with other regions or countries around the world, contributing to the advancement of science, technology transfer to the industry and governments, and consequently for the welfare of society as a whole. The Itanium® Solutions Alliance is a global community of hardware vendors, operating systems and applications, devoted to promoting the adoption and ongoing development of solutions based on Itanium processors. Created in 2005, the Alliance works with some of the most influential companies in the computing industry that share a strategic commitment to providing computing solutions for critical services, based on the Intel ® Itanium ® architecture. Among members of the alliance are corporations the likes of Bull, Fujitsu, Siemens, Hitachi, HP, Intel, NEC, SGI, Supermicro, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, Red Hat, SAP, SAS and Sybase.

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