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Provider of technical computing solutions Silicon Graphics International Corp (SGI) (Nasdaq:SG) announced on Tuesday that NASA has selected its next generation SGI ICE high performance computing (HPC) platform, code-named 'Carlsbad 3.0,' to extend the computational capability of NASA's Pleiades supercomputer system. Financial details of the selection were not available.

The expansion, which will take place in the first quarter of 2012, will include the latest Carlsbad 3.0 infrastructure, power and cooling technology, future Intel Xeon processor E5 Romley family and an FDR dual-plane, hypercube-topology InfiniBand network.

Under the terms of a Space Act Agreement, NASA continues to work with SGI and Intel to increase the computational capabilities for research, modelling and simulation work at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at NASA's Ames Research Centre at Moffett Field, California, with the ultimate goal of attaining 10 petaflops of peak performance.

The new system will be integrated into the Pleiades supercomputer. The augmentation will consist of over 1,700 compute nodes with 32 GB/node, thereby adding approximately 35% to the peak capability of Pleiades in early 2012, SGI said.

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