PRNewswire: FSL Chooses Revolutionary Alpha Linux Cluster for SupercomputerSep 27, 1999, 21:09 (3 Talkback[s])
"One of the fastest computer systems in the world has just been acquired by the Department of Commerce to help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) further improve existing weather forecast models and develop new ones, Commerce Secretary William M. Daley announced. The $15 million contract has been awarded to High Performance Technologies, Inc. (HPTi) of Reston, Va., to provide a High Performance Computing System to NOAA's Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL), located in Boulder, Colorado."
"This acquisition will help researchers improve forecasts of severe weather such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and winter storms, and ultimately, to save lives and property," said Daley. "It will also provide a boost to the American supercomputing industry," he added."
"When the system is first installed, it will be running a third of a trillion arithmetic operations per second, providing a computer system that is 20 times more powerful than the computer system the Forecast System Laboratory presently uses. By the final upgrade in 2002, the HPTi supercomputer will be processing about four TeraFLOPS of data or four trillion arithmetic computations per second..."
"Ty Rabe, Director of High Performance Computing Marketing at Compaq said, "Compaq's 'Better Answers' is not merely an advertising statement, it represents a mindset and commitment to our clients. We partnered with HPTi to provide a technologically superior solution to FSL. With this announcement Compaq demonstrates its commitment to providing Linux-based supercomputing systems, initially including Sandia's CPlant project, and now FSL. Compaq views these scalable Linux systems as an important part of our total supercomputing solutions package."