"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
"'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..."