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Tux takes on supercomputing

Postby if » Sat Oct 04, 2003 10:48 am


With national stewards of the nuclear stockpile needing to replace test-based confidence with simulation-based confidence, they now turn to supercomputer providers Cray for a Linux-on-Opteron super-solution.
by Nancy Cohen dated October 2, 2003
Published on Open Mag

Sandia National Labs, which obtained the first teraflop computer in 1997, has been making news again with its machine screamer called Red Storm. Sandia's web site describes its primary mission as “ensuring the U.S. nuclear arsenal is safe, secure, reliable, and can fully support our nation's deterrence policy.” It describes its responsibility as being “stewards of the nuclear stockpile." Red Storm will perform computer simulations of the stockpile and will be used for other applications; it's capable of churning 40 trillion calculations per second (40 teraflops) when it becomes operational late next year.

The supercomputer is the child of Cray Inc. News of those sharing the Sandia stage as accompanying vendors contributing to the Red Storm project (AMD, SuSE) has been active since last year. In October, Cray announced it was choosing AMD’s Opteron processor for Red Storm with 10,000 of them earmarked for Sandia. This June, it was announced that Cray chose SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) as the Linux distribution to help drive Red Storm.

We caught up last week with Holger Dyroff, General Manager for the Americas at SuSE Linux, on the eve of the release of SuSE Linux 9.0. The latter, defined as its newest "consumer product,” bringing “the consumer the latest advances in Linux technology,” was the reason for his visit to the offices of Open magazine. Eager as he was to provide a sneak peek at the SuSE 9.0 and all that it brings to the desktop, engaging him in conversations about teraflops and modeling the entire life cycle of nuclear weapons seemed out of place—but not quite

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