|January 13, 2004 was a special occasion of Computer Centre when
a ceremony was jointly organized with IBM China/Hong Kong Limited to inaugurate
the University's new High Performance Computing (HPC) Cluster. This
new HPC Cluster is the fastest supercomputer in Hong Kong which delivers
more than 638.8 GigaFLOPS (billions of floating point operations per second),
making it the world's 240th most powerful supercomputer according to the
TOP500 List of Supercomputers (web site reference: http://www.top500.org/lists/2003/11/).
The ceremony was very successful and attracted more than 200 participants including government officials, industry representatives, academics and researchers. This event not only marked another milestone in the HPC and parallel computing development of the University, but also showcased to the community of the availability of this HPC cluster and the advanced research areas using HPC in our University by the media coverage in local newspapers and IT magazines.
The HPC Cluster is an important facility of the University for supporting researchers and teachers to explore new initiatives and groundbreaking researches in different areas for the benefits of the academics and the community at large. It plays a pivotal role in providing our professors and research students with intensive computation power and tools to support the computational needs of their research projects. These projects cover a wide range of disciplines, including studies of turbulent flow, pollutant transport, nano-technology and large-scale statistical simulations. To learn more about these research projects, please visit our web site at http://www.its.hku.hk/events/hpc.htm where you can also find the video clips and photo gallery of the ceremony.
From left: Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, Vice-Chancellor, Mr Francis Ho, JP, Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, Mr Timothy Cheung, General Manager of IBM China/Hong Kong Limited and Dr Nam Ng, Director, Computer Centre officiated at the ceremony.