Monday, August 14, 2006

SURAgrid gets IBM Power spread over 27 universities.

IBM on 11th of this month said it has inked a three-year computing contract with SURAgrid, an initiative that 27 universities in the U.S. have undertaken to conduct scientific research experiments.
In the deal, Big Blue will provide System p575 Unix servers to members of the SURAgrid, which connects various computers at universities.
SURAgrid researchers test human genome sequencing and coastal storm modeling, among other things.
One specific project studies hurricane patterns via the SURA Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction program (SCOOP), funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Office of Naval Research.
Each p575 system is powered by 16 1.9 gigahertz Power5+ processors. With IBM's AIX as the operating platform, the machines run middleware from grid group to ensure that the different machines work together.
IBM said in a statement the machines could increase SURAgrid's compute capacity to 10 trillion floating points per second (teraflops) .
News comes from Grid computing planet.

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