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Pleiades Supercomputer Fuels NASA's Journey
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 00:08

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Supercomputing 2008, Booth 1009 -- With its sights set on colonizing the moon and eventually sending astronauts to Mars, NASA is calling on researchers to solve some of the most complex science and engineering problems in history.

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Key to that effort is Pleiades, the world's third fastest supercomputer, installed at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. The 51,200-core SGI® Altix® ICE 8200EX system from Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) (Nasdaq: SGIC - News) is capable of generating a theoretical peak of 609 trillion operations per second (TeraFLOPS).

Today, Pleiades made its debut on the Top500 list ( with demonstrated performance of 487 TeraFLOPS on the LINPACK benchmark. The results make Pleiades the world's most powerful general-purpose supercomputer.

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