Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) today announced that PNNL has ordered a $24.5 million HP supercomputer that will allow researchers to apply computational science to address key scientific challenges. Once fully operational, the supercomputer should be one of the fastest in the world and the world's most powerful Linux-based supercomputer.
Consisting of 1,400 of the next generation of Intel® Itanium™ Family Processors (code-named McKinley and Madison), the new HP supercomputer would have an expected total peak performance of more than 8.3 teraflops -- roughly 8,300 times faster than a current personal computer. Calculations that currently take a month to complete could be done in one day on the new system.
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