Dell EMC Supercomputer boosting studies of black hole

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Dell EMC, an American multinational technology company that offers products and services across all areas of computing, networking, and storage, recently announced that they will support Swinburne University of Technology’s earthshaking researches about astrophysics and gravitational waves through the construction of a supercomputer.

Tagged as OzStar, this new supercomputer will be used by the ARC Center of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGRav) to study the extreme physics behind black holes and warped space-time.

“We will be looking for gravitational waves that help us learn more about supernovas, the formation of stars, intergalactic gases and more,” said Professor Matthew Bailes, astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology and the director of OzGrav.

When Einstein wrote his general theory of relativity in 1915, he found a new way to describe gravity. It was not a force, as Sir Isaac Newton had theorized, but a consequence of the distortion of space and time.

With this discovery, scientists noticed the ripples in space-time caused by gravitational waves and showed that time and space can be stretched and compressed by the passing of gravitational waves, which inspired excited discussion about other predictions of General Relativity.

Dell EMC has designed the supercomputer using its 14th Generation PowerEdge R740 server technology that scales from traditional enterprise deployment through to high-performance computing and machine learning. Along with these ingredients, Dell EMC will deliver ProSupport engineers to provide 24/7 expert level support on each of the building blocks in the OzStar supercomputer.


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