DOD, Energy take delivery of supercomputers

The Energy and Defense departments are installing new high-performance computer systems.

The Energy Department's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center has taken delivery on a 722-processor cluster system from Linux Networx Inc. of Bluffdale, Utah. Running 2.2-GHz Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., the machine could offer a peak performance of 3.1 TFLOPS.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department's High Performance Computing Modernization Program will take delivery on a new XD1 supercomputer from Cray Inc. of Seattle. Managed by the Naval Research Laboratory, it will run on 288 AMD Opteron dual-core processors and could perform at a peak rate of 2.5 TFLOPS.

Both machines will undertake computationally intensive research and development work, though Energy's machine will do unclassified work while NRL's machine will run mostly classified jobs.

NERSC, located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Calif., provides the high-performance computing for DOE's Office of Science, the basic research arm for DOE.

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

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