Navy lab orders multithreaded supercomputer

Navy lab orders multithreaded supercomputer

The Naval Research Laboratory has ordered the first model of the new MTA-2 supercomputer line from Cray Inc. of Seattle.

Each processor in the MTA-2's multithreaded architecture will handle up to 128 streams of data simultaneously. Most processors handle only one stream at a time, said Jeanie Osburn, manager of NRL's High Performance Computing Distributed Center.

Logicon Inc. of Herndon, Va., will install the $5.4 million system late next year under a General Services Administration Millennia contract order.

The MTA-2 supercomputer model deal, potentially worth $25.9 million, includes two upgrade options over the next four years, said John Stephens, Logicon's director of scientific computing.

The 28-processor, shared-memory machine is expected to outperform massively parallel supercomputers on certain mathematical problems, Osburn said.

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