DARPA peers at the future of supercomputing

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected four contractors to do concept studies for an eight-year program on next-generation, high-performance computing.

Cray Inc. of Seattle, IBM Corp., SGI and Sun Microsystems Inc. last month received $3 million contracts for the initial 12-month phase of the High-Productivity Computing Systems program. Through the three-phase program, DARPA by 2010 wants to design scalable systems for national-security users.

In the first phase of the program, the vendors must assess critical technologies and create performance metrics.

For more information, visit www.darpa.mil/ipto/research/hpcs/index.html.

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