September 24, 2012
When Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky faced Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Grischuk in the ninth round of the 40th World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, the seasoned grandmasters drew upon years of experience, hours of preparation and two computers thousands of miles away.
To prepare for the Olympics of chess, the U.S. team called upon the High Performance Computing Center at Texas Tech University, a school known as a chess powerhouse. Such is its stature that U.S. chess team member and grandmaster Alexander Onischuk is headed there to coach the school’s team. So you can see why the school decided to lend some computational heft to the team’s training regiment in the form of a Dell PowerEdge 1950 with two 3GHz Xeon E5450 quad-core processors and 16 gigabytes of memory.