Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science announced today that Cray has won the contract to install a next-generation supercomputer at the DOE's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). The systems and multi-year services contract, valued at over $52 million, includes delivery of a Cray massively parallel processor supercomputer, code-named "Hood."
The contract also provides options for future upgrades that would quadruple the size of the system and eventually boost performance to one petaflops (1,000 trillion floating point operations per second) and beyond.
A successor to the massively parallel Cray XT3(TM) supercomputer, the Hood system installed at NERSC will be among the world's fastest general-purpose systems. It will deliver sustained performance of at least 16 trillion calculations per second -- with a theoretical peak speed of 100 trillion calculations per second -- when running a suite of diverse scientific applications at scale. The system uses thousands of AMD Opteron(TM) processors running tuned, light-weight operating system kernels and interfaced to Cray's unique SeaStar(TM) network.
Cray will begin shipping the new supercomputer to the NERSC facility at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory later this year, with completion of the installation anticipated in the first half of 2007 and acceptance in mid-2007.
Read about it here.
My journal writing/blogging has moved to here.
/. has lost a lot of my interest after getting annointed in the world of HPC. So much of what people say here is just plain wrong.
The sombre picture outlined above should dispel once and for all the romantic idea of the superior ecological wisdom of nonWestern and pre-colonial societies. The notion of the noble savage living in harmony with Nature should be despatched to the realm of mythology where it belongs. Human beings have never lived in harmony with nature.
From page 199.
I don't look so German anymore!
You can see the bands of different cultural groups though (Mediterreanian, Germanic, and Slavic). Very interesting.
...You really ought to read this. Working in Berkeley and Oakland has made me believe a lot of what he's said.
Normally Phil pisses me off. However his comments there match reality in the Bay so well, this link has to be put up.
Read the pressy thing here.
Getting this machine through acceptance sucked Korean century old eggs. We had to change cluster file systems (an fs that eats user data is baaaaad), found bugs in AMD chipsets, had freakin weird project management from the vendor, and worse.
Never let someone who says it cannot be done interrupt the person who is doing it.