November 6, 2003

NASA Boosts Linux SGI Supercomputer to 512 Processors

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.

Link: linuxplanet.com

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