In addition to underscoring the “everything is bigger in Texas” motto, the Texas Advanced Computing Center’s (TACC) recently unveiled the Stampede supercomputer. It is the most powerul in the U.S, dedicated to academic research and is the 7th astest supercom- puter in the world.
Comprised o Dell and Intel parts, over 75miles o ber optic cables and spanningnearly 200 cabinets in the Austin-basedTACC acility, Stampede is water cooledthrough reservoirs under the acility foor. Inaddition to 272 terabytes o total memory,Stampede delivers 10 petafops o peror-mance (A petafop is a measure o theoperations a computer can process in asingle second. For example, 2+2 is oneoperation. Stampede can process 10quadrillion such operations per second).Coming in at $27.5 million, the cost oStampede is a small price to pay when youconsider the impact it already has onresearchers who solve scientic problemsthat would otherwise be impossible, suchas predicting tumor growth, earthquakesand severe weather occurrences.In act, 90 percent o Stampede’s system isdedicated to the Extreme Science andEngineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).The most powerul collection o digitalresources in the world, XSEDE is a singlevirtual system that scientists can use toshare computing resources, collaborate dataand transmit ideas. XSEDE is composedprimarily o higher learning institutions thathave contributed their resources toward thispartnership, and XSEDE projects ocus ongaining knowledge that cannot be learnedthrough conventional means. The capabili-ties resulting rom assembling so manypowerul computing systems ar exceed thesum o their parts.While the vast majority o Stampede will bededicated toward XSEDE, its remainingpower will be available or researchersacross UT System and members o TACC’sScience & Technology Aliates or Re-search (STAR) Program to use.Additionally, some studentswill be able to interact withStampede directly in selectclasses, allowing them to loginto the computer and conductresearch. And, with this trainingunder their belts, anything ispossible.
Jeet Vijay directs the investment activities atUniversity o Texas Horizon Fund. He managesall aspects o investment process includingdeal origination, analysis, structuring andportolio monitoring. He is also responsible ordeveloping and managing relations with theventure capital community.Most recently, Jeet worked as an investmentdirector or a U.S-based emerging markets,ocused private equity und where he wasresponsible or developing and managing theSouth Asia, Middle East and Greece portolio.Jeet also has corporate experience in thedomains o strategic planning, nancial analysisand international expansion acquired whileworking or, or consulting with, companies inretailing and the energy sector.His academic background includes aBachelor’s in Business Administration rom TheUniversity o Texas at Austin, a Master’s inEnergy Resource Management rom UT Austinand an MBA rom Rice University. When theopportunity to work or his alma materpresented itsel, Jeet jumped at the chance.Working in the emerging and complex spaceo the university-backed venture industry issomething that he is passionate about and“living in Austin, the best city in the country,”made the decision a no-brainer. He is also alevel-2 Chartered Alternative InvestmentAnalyst (CAIA) candidate and he holds Series7, 79 and Series 66 (equivalent o 63 & 65)Securities Licenses.Jeet hopes to help the OTC ulll its missionby creating economic and social value bycommercializing and monetizing UT System’sintellectual properties.“Working in a start-up environment, one inwhich we collaborate extensively, is a majorreason why I love coming into work,” Jeet says.
Horizon Fund team welcomes Jeet Vijay
Stampede supercomputermakes solving the impossible,possible
Stampede uses Dell’s Scorpion chassis to store the supercomputer’s processors, enabling indvidual components to be removed and maintained without the entire system needing to be shut down.
Jeet Vijay, the newestaddition to the UT SystemOTC, brings with himexperience and knowledgeto open up new doors orthe Horizon Fund.