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