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Defense Department Buying HP Supercomputer

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Weapons design and other projects have been slated for the 1,024 node Linux-based cluster.

The Department has designated the Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) Major Shared Resource Center (MSRC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, according to a press release.

The cluster will be capable of 10 teraflops, or 10 trillion floating-point operations per second. In a win for AMD, its Opteron processors will be on-board the HP ProLiant 145 servers delivered to the ASC MSRC.

“This deployment further illustrates the market’s acceptance of cluster technologies for supercomputing challenges in real world deployments,” said Winston Prather, vice president and general manager, High Performance Computing Division, HP.

HP also has orders for a smaller 8-node development system at Wright-Patterson, and a 46-node system for Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tennessee. At ASC MSRC, the HP machines will join a variety of SGI, Sun, and Compaq hardware already in place.

The ASC MSRC provides high performance computing resources to a variety of Defense projects. They emphasize particular computational tasks, like fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, and nano-electronics.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

Defense Department Buying HP Supercomputer
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