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Enterprise Linux Today: Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Adds Supercomputing Power to ASCI

Aug 28, 2001, 22:25 (11 Talkback[s])
"SGI Federal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SGI (NYSE:SGI) , the leading provider of high-performance computing and visualization solutions for technical and creative users, has teamed up with Linux cluster computing expert Linux NetworX to win a bid to build three Parallel Capacity Resource (PCR) Linux cluster computing systems totaling 472 Pentium 4 processors for the National Nuclear Security Administration's Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI) ongoing computing element. With a theoretical peak performance of 857 gigaFLOP/s, the largest of the three systems with 252 Pentium 4 processors, named PCR P4A, will be one the fastest Linux clusters ever built.

Linux clustering, an alternative to traditional supercomputing, is a method of linking multiple computers together to form a unified and very powerful system. By taking advantage of standard computer components, Linux clusters can match the performance of supercomputers for a fraction of the cost.

In its latest effort to boost parallel capacity computing power for ASCI's ongoing computing element, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will have two of the three Linux clusters working on the project, while a third will be used as a joint development cluster with Linux NetworX and SGI Federal for open source projects."

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