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.