Raytheon completes installation of army’s largest high performance computer system

Raytheon completes installation of army’s largest high performance computer system

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Aug. 16 – Raytheon Company has installed a supercomputer at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) that is about 4,000 times faster than the average Pentium-based PC.

As part of the Defence Department’s High Performance Computing (HPC) Modernization Program, the U.S. Army awarded Raytheon $14 million in April
2002 to procure a high performance computer system for the ARL Major Shared Resource Centre (MSRC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Raytheon completed the installation, integration and transition of the 768-processor, 1.3 GHz Power4- based IBM supercomputer.

The system, which is composed of 28 cabinets, arrived on June 21 and entered operation for pioneer users on June 27.

The new system, an IBM Power4, more than doubles the computational capability of the lab’s high performance computing environment boosting it to over 7.1 Teraflops (7.1 X 1012 floating point operations per second).