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PNNL Picks Platform to Power 11.4-Tflop HP Linux Cluster

NEW YORK, March 3 - Platform Computing said today that its LSF cluster management software would be used to administer an 11.4-teraflop Hewlett-Packard Linux cluster at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


The $24.5 million supercomputer, originally announced by HP in April 2002, is being installed at the Molecular Science Computing Facility at PNNL's William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, where it will run environmental and chemical simulations as well as systems biology, genomics, and proteomics applications.


Platform LSF 5 will balance workload across the supercomputer's 1,900 Itanium processors.


The first 1-teraflop phase of the supercomputer arrived in summer 2002. The second phase will be delivered this month, and the complete system is scheduled to be fully operational later this year.


The PNNL supercomputer is expected to be more than 45 times faster, have 50 times more disk space, and have 30 times more memory than PNNL's current computer, which was one of the world's most powerful when installed in 1997.


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