DARPA commissions metrics for future platforms

DARPA commissions metrics for future platforms

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected four contractors to begin concept studies for a new generation of high-performance computing.

On June 12, Cray Inc. of Seattle, Wash., IBM Corp., SGI and Sun Microsystems Inc. each received a $3 million contract in the initial 12-month phase of the High Productivity Computing Systems program. The three-phase program will design scalable computing systems for national security users in the 2007 to 2010 timeframe, officials said.

In the first phase, the four contractors must each come up with critical technology assessments and metrics.

'One of the major challenges the program faces is to formulate a comprehensive set of requirements, benchmark strategies, and metrics for terascale and petascale computing systems,' a DARPA official said.

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

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