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LinuxPlanet: NASA Boosts Linux SGI Supercomputer to 512 Processors

Nov 06, 2003, 22:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is now doubling the number of processors in its Itanium 2 system from SGI, first announced October 20 at 256 processors. Late last week, NASA started testing the computer-based climatory, ocean, and fluid dynamics modeling system with 512 processors in a single system.

"'At 6:50 pm on October 29, we booted the 512-processor system. So we are 'there,'' said Robert B. Ciotti, a NASA researcher, in an interview at the end of last week. 'We're still working on a few issues, but we expect to have an operational system very soon.'

"NASA and SGI, co-developers of the Linux-enabled supermodeler, previously worked together on high-end shared memory systems based on SGI's MIPS-based processors and Irix OS..."

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