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.
IU will broadcast the live event to Indianapolis television stations via the IU Video-Link.
B roll and photography
Download b roll and photography here: http://itnews.iu.edu/media-info/big-red-ii.php
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.
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