SGI, Intel to build NASA supercomputer

NASA is working with Silicon Graphics Inc. and Intel Corp. to increase the space agency’s supercomputing capacity at the Ames Research Center.

Project Columbia, expected to give NASA’s supercomputing capacity a tenfold boost, will simulate future missions, project how humans affect weather patterns and help design exploration vehicles.

NASA officials will integrate a cluster of 20 interconnected SGI Altix 512-processor systems, for a total of 10,240 Intel Itanium 2 processors, to create the Space Exploration Simulator.

“This will enable NASA to meet its immediate mission-critical requirements for return to flight, while building a strong foundation for our space exploration vision and future missions,” said NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe in a statement.

The system will be built and integrated during the next 15 weeks. The first two nodes became operational in early July.

News source: FCW.com

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