Army lab will double its computing capacity

Army lab will double its computing capacity

High-performance computing capacity at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Md., will double as a result of a $14 million contract awarded yesterday to Raytheon Co. by the Defense Department's High Performance Computing Modernization Office.

Under the contract, Raytheon will install and test what will be the largest supercomputer at ARL, the company said. The supercomputer will consist of 800 1.3-GHz IBM Power4 processors and will operate three to four times faster than the two IBM Power3 systems it will supersede.

The new system will double the overall computational capability of the laboratory's high-performance supercomputers to more than 7.1 trillion floating-point operations per second.

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