Cray to Upgrade Army's Supercomputer

Cray to Upgrade Army's Supercomputer

By Jennifer Freer, Staff Writer


MAY 10 ? Cray Inc. announced May 10 it has been awarded an $18.5 million contract to upgrade the U.S. Army High Performance Computing Research Center's supercomputer, making it one of the world's most powerful computers.


The expanded Cray T3E system will be used to support the center's research, and partner with academic institutions and the High Performance Computing Modernization Program, research arm of the Defense Department.


Cray is expected to delivery the computer to the Army by midyear.


The research center will operate the largest Cray T3E system in the world after adding 816 processors to its existing 272-processor Cray T3E-1200 supercomputer. The expansion of the processor system increases its capability to 1.3 trillion calculations per second and a memory size to 557 gigabytes, quadrupling the system's computational capability.


The total memory and computational power of the computer makes it useful for addressing critical defense technology issues, according to the Seattle-based Cray, which designs, builds and sells supercomputer systems.


The order is the first major one for the company, formed when Tera Computer Co. acquired Cray Research from SGI March 31.


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