The race to calculate at world-record speeds has two new entries.
Last month saw the unveiling of a new supercomputer, called Blue Mountain, capable of calculating in the range of 3 trillion operations per second. Located at the Los Alamos Los Alamos (lôs ăl`əmōs', lŏs), uninc. town (1990 pop. 11,455), seat of Los Alamos co., N central N.Mex. It is on a long mesa extending from the Jemez Mts. The U.S. (N.M.) National Laboratory, the machine consists of 48 commercially available Silicon Graphics Cray Origin2000 computers yoked together. This supercomputer can handle enormous amounts of data, run detailed simulations, and create sophisticated graphics.
At the same time, an advanced computer named Blue Pacific began operating at the Lawrence Livermore Lawrence Livermore may refer to:
Both supercomputers are products of the Department of Energy's Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative. This effort is a key element in the development of methods to assess the safety and reliability of the nation's aging arsenal of nuclear weapons without underground nuclear testing Underground nuclear testing refers to test detonations of nuclear weapons that are performed underground. Most nuclear tests have historically been performed underground, in order to prevent nuclear fallout from entering into the atmosphere. (SN: 10/19/96, p. 254). The installation of a supercomputer at the Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratories, which is managed and operated by the Sandia Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation), is a major United States Department of Energy research and development national laboratory with two locations, one in Albuquerque, New in Albuquerque, N.M., in 1997 represented the first step in that effort (SN: 1/4/97, p. 7; 7/5/97, p. 5).
Earlier this year, the Energy Department announced plans for pushing computer technology by the year 2004 to speeds of 100 trillion calculations per second. In one step toward that goal, IBM has a contract to develop a computer for LLNL capable of operating at 10 trillion operations per second. The, machine will use the same technology as did Deep Blue, the chess computer that triumphed over world chess champion Garry Kasparov (SN: 5/17/97, p. 300).