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Pentagon buys Linux Networx supercomputer

Linux Networx is building a high-performance Linux cluster supercomputer for the US Department of Defense as part of an IT modernisation programme.

The Evolocity II cluster will be used for weapons research, including calculating projectional dynamics for weapons systems, battlefield weather simulations and battle survivability, as well as developing advanced technology.

The system, scheduled to be completed by the middle of the year, will consist of 1,066 nodes, each equipped with two Intel Xeon 3.6-GHz processors and 1GB of memory per CPU. The system will use Intel's 64-bit extension technologies.

Linux Networx is also scheduled to deliver five other cluster systems to other Defense Department agencies later this year under the modernisation programme.

The cost of the systems has not been disclosed.

"Linux Networx has proven cluster technology is reliable, robust and mature enough to be selected in even in the most demanding environment," said Thomas Kendall, lead systems engineer at the Army Research Lab. "This system will be a key component of the (lab) and the entire DOD modernisation programme."

Last year, Linux Networx delivered a 256-processor cluster, named Powell, to the lab as part of the technology update programme.

Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld


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