Advanced Computing Technology Laboratory
The Advanced Computing Technology Laboratory (ACTL) is a virtual research laboratory formed to investigate and evaluate key technology components and emerging high-end systems for data-intensive computing. The ACTL is primarily housed within the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, on the PNNL campus, and began operations in January 2005. This laboratory includes two SGI Altix supercomputers, a Cray XD1, a storage system for bioinformatics research, a testbed with advanced interconnects, and a64-CPU IBM Power-5 server. The technologies available within ACTL are the FPGA; MD-GRAPE (an accelerator board for molecular dynamics calculations); the latest Infiniband, Myrinet and Quadrics networks; and evaporative cooling provided by Isothermal Systems Research, Inc.