Maui supercomputer revs up

Maui supercomputer revs up

The Maui High Performance Computing Center in Kihei, Hawaii, is putting its IBM RS/6000 Scalable PowerParallel supercomputer through a $5 million upgrade to more than double performance.

The 200 new IBM Power3 symmetric multiprocessors will increase performance by 178 billion floating-point operations per second, reaching nearly 300 GFLOPS, spokeswoman Margaret Lewis said.

The University of New Mexico runs the Maui center under a cooperative agreement with the Air Force's Phillips Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.'Half of the computing resources go to the Defense Department's High-Performance Computing Modernization Program, Lewis said. The other half is split between commercial customers and other federal agencies including the Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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