Arctic center awards $16.4m supercomputing contract

Arctic center awards $16.4m supercomputing contract

The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center has awarded Cray Inc. of Seattle a $16.4 million contract to provide a supercomputer system and support to the center, the company said today. The center is part of the Defense Department's High Performance Computing Modernization Center and the University of Alaska.

Under terms of the contract, Cray will install its newly released X1 supercomputer system in stages through 2003. The company will also provide maintenance for other Cray supercomputers already owned by the center.

"The Cray X1 system's extremely powerful capability will be crucial for accelerating the work of existing users whose important applications absorb as much speed and memory as we can deliver," said Frank Williams, director of the center. The company claims the X1, with 128 processors, can make up to 1.64 trillion calculations per second.

To be installed at the center's facility on the university's main campus in Fairbanks, the new system will be used to study atmospheric and geophysical conditions of the Arctic and high latitudes.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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