Army to replace batteries in 150,000 Dell laptop PCs

Dell hypes more than week old Maui supercomputer contract

By Bob Brewin

The key Army enterprise information technolgy orgamization said it will have to replace batteries in 150,000 Dell laptop computers due to the voluntary recall of batteries announced the company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission this Monday (Aug. 14).

Kevin Carroll, the Army's Program Executive Officer-Enterprise Information Systems said Dell is already identifying 'first priority' replacements to insure that deployed soldiers get replacements as quickly as possible. 'Speedy supply chain support in resolving this matter is our number one priority,' Carroll said.

Yesterday (Tuesday, Aug 15) , a spokesman for EDS, which runs the Navy Marine Corps Intranet contracts said users with bad Dell batteries could have to wait three weeks for replacement batteries. He said EDS has identified 45,000 NMCI end-users who will need to replace their batteries.

With its once sterling reputation tarnished by the recall of 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries due to a potential fire hazard, Dell tried to push out some positive news today.

The company issued a press release which said the Maui (Hawaii) High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC), an Air Force research laboratory managed by the University of Hawaii, will install a 5,120-processor high-performance computing cluster using Dell servers,' the largest in the history of MHPCC' and its first significant purchase from Dell.

But MHPCC made its announcement of the Dell deal more than a week ago, with a press release posted on its Web site August 8. MHPCC said the new Dell PowerEdge cluster will increase the computational capability of the MHPCC's High Performance Computing platform to over 60 TeraFLOPS (Floating Point Operations Per Second).

The Maui center said the Dell cluster uses 3.0 GHz Dual Core Intel Woodcrest processors arranged in 1,280 four-core nodes using an Infiniband interconnect.
The Dell cluster buy includes an optional upgrade scheduled in 2008, which would introduce Intel's most current multi-core processor technology at that time, MHPCC said.

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