IBM to build Army supercomputer

One week after trumpeting a supercomputer deal with the Navy, IBM Corp. announced today it will build what it claims will be the military's largest Linux-based supercomputer.

Like last week's Navy deal, the contract with the Army will also be worth in the 'tens of millions' of dollars to the Armonk, N.Y.-based company, according to IBM spokesman Andy Kendzie.

For the Army Research Laboratory, IBM will build a supercomputer, nicknamed Stryker, that will be capable of a peak speed of 10 TFLOPS.

IBM expects that, once completed, this computer will be one of the 20 fastest computers in the world. Each of the 1186 IBM eServer e325 nodes will run two 2.2 GHz Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc., of Sunnyvale, Calif.

The lab's Major Shared Resource Center, located in Aberdeen, Md., will use the machine for developing weapon technologies.

Last week, IBM announced that the Defense Department has tapped IBM Corp. to build a supercomputing cluster at the Naval Oceanographic Office Major Shared Resource Center in Mississippi.




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

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