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What is Big Red?

Big Red is the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation, capable of operating at a peak rate of one petaFLOPS, or one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second -- 25 times faster than the university's original Big Red supercomputer, acquired in 2006.

Big Red II is the first one petaFLOPS supercomputer in the state of Indiana. Offering unmatched speed, Big Red II will help scientists and scholars accelerate breakthroughs in fields that are changing the way Hoosiers live, work, learn and grow.


Dinner and Presentation at 5:30 PM (at IU Service Building 1800 North Range Road, Bloomington, IN 47408)

Part 1 of the presentation will start at the IU Service Building with an introduction of the Data Center facility led by PK Patel, PE.  PK will talk about how with the purchase of Big Red II, Indiana University is again the leader in the use of high-speed and data-intensive computation for some of the most vital and complex research in the world.  We can also learn about the important role of the mechanical and power systems and the critical environment the system is serving.

For Part 2 of the presentation, John P. O’Brien with Heapy Engineering will give technical insight in the expansion of the mechanical systems at the Big Red facility.  The systems overview will include design considerations, the challenges, and the final solutions for the mechanical and electrical systems.  John can give us an overview of what we will see on the tour and answer any questions you may have of the facility. 

The final portion of the event will be a tour of the Data Center facility lead by our presenters. 


P.K. Patel, PE - Indiana University - Engineer & Director of Engineering Services

John P. O’Brien, PE - Heapy Engineering – Mission Critical Practice Leader



Directions from north or south of Bloomington

From State Road 37 in Bloomington, exit onto the Bypass for State Roads 45E & 46E. Follow the Bypass past the IU Stadium and Golf Course. Turn left (east) onto E 10th Street, which is also State Road 45.

At the next traffic light, turn left (north) onto North Range Road. After a little less than half a mile, veer right. The Service Building is on the left.  This is the facility that we will meet at first, check-in, have dinner and hear the presentation. We will then proceed to the Data Center, which is just around the corner from the Service Building for the tour.

Reservations due by December 9 th

Option-1: Website registration – Go to www.indyashrae.org set up your login name and password then go to the event calendar, just below the top banner. Go to the month of the meeting and follow the easy steps to register for the meeting. You can also prepay with your credit card or Paypal account.

 Option-2: E-mail or call Kris Stewart: kstewart@hydstm.com 317-577-8326, stating your name, company, the number of reservations required, and your phone number.

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