NOAA extends Raytheon lab deal

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has extended Raytheon Co.'s contract to manage the Princeton, N.J., lab's high-performance computing cluster.

The three-year integration contract went to Raytheon in 2000, lab deputy director Brian Gross said. The three-year extension, worth at least $32 million, runs until October 2006.

The lab has a cluster of eight SGI Origin 3800 systems with 2,432 processors. The high-performance computing environment includes two 96-processor SGI computers for data analysis and a StorageTek PowderHorn 9310 tape library from Storage Technology Corp. of Louisville, Colo.

Much of the lab's work involves developing weather and climate models.

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