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Big Red II dedication ceremony 

Virtual press kit

Here you will find news and information about Indiana University’s new supercomputer, Big Red II, which was dedicated at 2pm Friday, April 26.

Big Red II is a powerful new system with a processing speed of one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second (one petaflop).

Reporters are welcome to cover the event. An audio feed and camera positions will be accessible from the back of the room. Parking will be available in our VIP lot – simply show your press credentials to the parking attendant.

Additional materials

Press releases
Media advisory: Indiana University dedicating Big Red II supercomputer April 26

Official release: IU raises bar in supercomputing power with dedication of Big Red II  

IU will broadcast the live event to Indianapolis television stations via the IU Video-Link.

All members of the IU community and the general public are invited to view the event via live stream broadcasting. After the event, archived video will be available online.

B roll and photography

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About Big Red II

With the acquisition of Big Red II, IU raises the bar in supercomputing power.

Big Red II replaces the original Big Red, installed in 2006. The new supercomputer is 25 times faster than its predecessor, and will enable breakthroughs in fields that are changing the way Hoosiers live, work, learn, and grow.

Processing speed is key to a supercomputer’s power, and Big Red II operates at a peak rate of one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second (one petaflop). Put another way, it would take one person more than 31 million years – performing one calculation per second 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – to perform the same number of calculations Big Red II can do in just one second.

Big Red II’s high-speed and data-intensive computations are crucial to discoveries in fields ranging from medicine and physics to fine arts and global climate research.

Contact information

Ceci Jones Schrock
Media relations specialist
Indiana University Office of the Vice President for IT and CIO
(812) 856-2337, office
(812) 360-4348, cell