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IBM in $290 mln govt deal for ASCI Purple computer
Reuters, 11.18.02, 5:21 PM ET
(Embargoed for release at 0001 EST Tuesday Nov. 19)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp. Tuesday said that it had signed a $290 million federal government contract that includes a supercomputer called ASCI Purple that is 8 times faster than its current computer used for nuclear testing.
The contract also includes a second supercomputer that the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Agency's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced last year, called Blue Gene/L. It will be used in weather modeling, such as simulating an entire hurricane.
ASCI Purple will run at 100 teraflops, or 100 trillion calculations per second, 8 times faster than its current supercomputer ASCI White and at a speed equivalent to the human brain, IBM said.
ASCI Purple will include 12,000 Power 5 computer chips, the next version of IBM's proprietary PowerPC chip. That's 4,000 more chips than ASCI White, which used Power 4 chips, and whose 12.3 trillion calculations per second once made it the fastest computer in the world.
It will include 50 terabytes of memory, or 50 trillion units, and two petabytes of storage, or two quadrillion units, about the content of one billion books.
ASCI Purple will be delivered in stages between now and 2005 with the first IBM computer server arriving next year.
Blue Gene/L will focus on research in areas such as predicting global climate change and studying the interaction between atmospheric chemistry and pollution.
When completed in 2005, Blue Gene/L will run at 360 teraflops, or 360 trillion calculations per second based on sets of two microprocessors working simultaneously.
Copyright 2002, Reuters News Service