The DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory can now lay claim to the fasted unclassified computer in the U.S. Built by Hewlett-Packard, it clocks in at 11.8 teraflops and will be used to study the environment and molecular sciences.
| Based on peak performance, it is the fifth fastest in the world, the fastest machine based on Linux, and the largest ever built using Intel's 64-bit architecture. It is comprised of 2,000 next-generation Intel Itanium chips code-named "Madison," linked by a Quadrics interconnect, and running on industry-standard HP Integrity servers. Research scientists from across the country can access the computer through a competitive proposal process. |
The new supercomputer at the Pacific Northwest National Lab operates 9,200 times faster than a desktop PC.