The University of Illinois states Seattle-based Cray Inc. is going to take over development of the delayed $300 million Blue Waters supercomputer job, 3 months just after IBM brought out citing expense and technical issues.
Cray wants to get the computer online the coming year, maintaining the project, which happens to be being mainly paid for by the National Science Foundation, on target to complete in time.
“We clearly had to do it real quickly,” according toThom Dunning, the director of National Center for Supercomputing Applications. “NSF’s goal was to keep the project on . . . → Read More: New Replacement for New U.S. Supercomputer Project
Both the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and IBM have quoted unexpected costs and greater than expected difficulties among motives for abandoning plans to make a petaflop-speed supercomputer this Monday. A petaflop, for those who are curious, is a measure of the processing speed of a computer, that being a thousand trillion floating point operations each second – a computer with such speed abilities being reported in and of itself. Having begun the project last 2008, IBM said that it has stopped its four-year “Blue Waters” agreement estimated at around $208 million USD, formerly . . . → Read More: Petascale Supercomputer “Blue Waters” Project, Abandoned by IBM and NCSA