The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) launched its newest and most powerful system, the Cray XT3.
Big Ben the first XT3 system to ship from Cray comprises 2,090 processors with an overall peak performance of 10 teraflops or 10 trillion calculations/sec.
Big Ben, named after Ben Franklin, will serve as a leading-edge computing resource on the TeraGrid. Built by NSF over the past four years, TeraGrid is the world's largest, most comprehensive cyberinfrastructure for open scientific research. PSC is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with the Westinghouse Electric Co.