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By 2009 the US space agency aims to be running a petaflop supercomputer that will be able to do 1,000 trillion calculations per second.
By 2012 it hopes to have boosted the power of this machine to 10 petaflops, to help with modeling and simulation.
If it manages the feat, it will be one of only a few organisations that can tap such vast number-crunching power.
The Pleiades Project, as NASA has christened its updating project, will enlist the help of Intel and SGI to create the machine.
Originally posted by Alxandro
I thought SGI went out of business....
The system will augment NASA's Columbia supercomputer, an SGI® Altix® system that, when it was installed in 2004, made history as the most powerful supercomputer in the world. Since then, Columbia has enabled a wide range of breakthroughs, including the preliminary design of a new launch vehicle that someday will carry astronauts back into space, weather models capable of predicting a hurricane's path up to five days before landfall, and a visualization of gravitational waves created by two colliding black holes.