Navy gets new supercomputer

The Defense Department's High Performance Computing Modernization Program has procured an IBM supercomputer for the Navy. The Naval Oceanographic Office Major Shared Resource Center will manage the machine, located at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

The system will be capable of a sustained performance of about 90 teraflops, according to Dave Turek, vice president of deep computing for IBM. The system, running IBM's AIX operating system, will run 5,500 Power6 IBM processors, with 32 cores per node. The processors will be water-cooled. IBM is also providing 500 terabytes of storage.

The Navy will use the machine principally for oceanographic modeling and weather forecasting. Such data will help the Navy steer its own ships clear of potentially damaging storms. It will also be passed along to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for public use via a Web site. The Coast Guard may also use the data to aid in search and rescue activities.

The system, which IBM dubs a Power 575 Hydro-Cluster, should be operational by the fall, Turek said.

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