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TechRepublic/Albuquerque Journal: UNM Linux-powered Supercomputer Will Bring Space Into Focus

Nov 25, 2000, 19:11 (0 Talkback[s])

"The U.S. Air Force will get new clear snapshots of orbiting space junk thanks to a powerful University of New Mexico-run supercomputer being turned on today. The IBM computer will use its computational muscle to sharpen fuzzy images taken by a mountaintop telescope in Hawaii, telling Air Force officers whether an orbiting object is a foreign satellite or a piece of space junk."

"The Albuquerque center, in an old auto dealership at Central and University NE, boasts the fastest computer ever built by wiring together a cluster of personal computers running the free Linux operating system. In rankings released earlier this month, it edged out a similar machine built at Sandia National Laboratories that held the previous mark for "world's fastest" in its class."

"The addition of the new IBM machine and the Linux cluster to the Maui center will give it a total computing horsepower of more than 1 trillion calculations per second, Gilfeather said. That's enough to vault the UNM-run center into the top 10 supercomputer centers in the world, joining Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratory on the prestigious list."

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