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Energy Department To Put Supercomputer On Its Grid

The agency plans to make the system available to its departments and to research organizations.

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to connect a Linux-based Hewlett-Packard supercomputer to its Science Grid by the end of August. If everything goes as planned, the supercomputer will be capable of 9.2 teraflops by next spring. A teraflop is a measure of a computer's speed and is roughly equal to 1 trillion floating point operations per second.

The department will house the supercomputer at its Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. The agency plans to make the system available to its departments and to research organizations to conduct large simulations, analyze data, and coordinate experiments in chemistry, high-energy physics, fusion, climate, and life sciences. The national lab will install Globus Project grid-management software on the supercomputer to enable resource management, data movement, and security between research groups.

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