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Federal Computer Week: Linux takes NOAA by storm

Oct 04, 1999, 15:49 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Verton)

"In what may be the first competitive government contract involving the Linux operating system, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last month tagged a Reston, Va.-based company to provide a Linux-based supercomputer that promises drastic improvements in the ability to forecast dangerous weather patterns."

"Under the terms of the $15 million contract, High Performance Technologies Inc. will install the first large-scale cluster of Compaq Computer Corp.'s XP1000 Alpha workstations running Linux at NOAA's Forecast Systems Laboratory in Boulder, Colo."

"According to NOAA officials, the cluster will involve 277 workstations capable of crunching 300 billion arithmetic operations per second -- a capability that is 20 times more powerful than the lab's current system. The cluster will represent one of the most powerful computers in the world, they said."

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