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Sandia National Lab: Antarctica, Sandia's garage-built supercomputer, may become 20th fastest in world

Sep 12, 2000, 00:12 (2 Talkback[s])

"The latest version of Cplant Antarctica, the upwardly mobile computer at Sandia, is expected by researchers to become the 20th fastest in the world after integrating, by early fall, 1,300 off-the-shelf computers recently arrived from Compaq Computer Corporation."

"Formerly composed of only 600 Alpha workstations, the "home-grown" Sandia computational cluster had already been ranked 44th among the world's fastest supercomputers. It is also already the largest "production" Linux cluster - a cluster that produces technical results to aid ongoing science projects."

"Another kind of revolution is going on," says lead Cplant software developer Rolf Riesen of Sandia. "A major government laboratory like Sandia is willing to spend $9.6 million plus a significant amount of in-house development to make a supercomputer out of a supply of off-the-shelf parts."

"The new Cplant will include 1,600 Compaq Alpha computers, also called nodes. (Three hundred older nodes will be used for other purposes.) The additional units are expected to be up and running early this fall."

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