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IBM INSTALLS NASA'S FIRST RISC SYSTEM/6000 CLUSTER FOR AIRCRAFT PROPULSION SYSTEMS DESIGN

 IBM INSTALLS NASA'S FIRST RISC SYSTEM/6000 CLUSTER
 FOR AIRCRAFT PROPULSION SYSTEMS DESIGN
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the installation of a powerful RISC System/6000(A) cluster computing environment at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
 The cluster, called the Lewis Advanced Cluster Environment (LACE), is comprised of 33 RISC System/6000 POWERstation/POWERservers(A), allowing performance levels of up to one Gigaflops or one billion floating point operations per second. The cluster is a testbed for the design, modification and testing of application code to be used in distributed and parallel computing environments.
 NASA Lewis will use the cluster for jet propulsion modeling, computational chemistry, structural and turbine blade analysis, and fluid dynamics. This marks the first time a NASA Center has used a clustered workstation environment for research purposes.
 "This is the first system of its kind at NASA," said Brent Miller, chief of the computer services division at the NASA Lewis Research Center. "This cluster will allow us to explore new ways to perform computational research more efficiently and economically."
 Tony Martinez, IBM Business Unit Executive, Cleveland Public Sector said, "We are very pleased that an institution like NASA, long renowned for its innovative approach to technology, is utilizing the RISC System/6000."
 The NASA Lewis cluster is comprised of 32 RISC System/6000 POWERstation 560s and one POWERserver 970 acting as a file server interconnected by two Ethernet subnets. All 33 machines in the cluster can be used to run parallelized code, which is specifically written to run across multiple, parallel processors. Calculations are performed on individual processors and are combined for a single, final result. The cluster can also be combined with different platform architectures to solve problems requiring various levels of power or diverse capabilities.
 For example, a user might send the most compute-intensive or the most highly vectorized parts of a code to a supercomputer and distribute the rest among the RISC System/6000s in the cluster.
 The initial LACE research project involves scientists from NASA's Propulsion Systems Division and several other divisions working on the Supersonic Throughflow Fan program. NASA Lewis scientists will use the new cluster testbed for field test verification of jet engine design. Their research will be used to speed the development of faster, safer commercial and military jet engines. The LACE project will improve verification turnaround for the researchers working on the project and facilitate the multidisciplinary approach that the project requires.
 The research will be conducted as part of NASA Lewis' 'Grand Challenge' efforts under the auspices of the U.S. government's High Performance Computing and Communications Program (HPCCP). The program is designed to strengthen and extend U.S. leadership in all scientific and technological areas of high performance computing and communications.
 The Lewis Research Center is NASA's lead center for aeropropulsion, space power, space communications, space nuclear and electric propulsion, and microgravity science, including fluid physics, combustion and materials. Lewis is a supporting center for chemical propulsion and expendable launch vehicles.
 NASA Lewis was established in 1941 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). It was one of three such centers nationwide.
 Named for George W. Lewis, NACA's Director of Research from 1924 to 1947, the center developed an international reputation for its research on jet propulsion systems. In October 1958, the NACA Centers became the nucleus of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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