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New PNNL Supercomputer

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Posted: September 28, 2007 5:35 p.m.

RICHLAND, Wash.--At a cost of $24 million dollars, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) new Supercomputer has it all.

Its memory capacity is 37 terabytes, or 37 trillion bytes. Over 4,600 AMD Opteron processors will ensure data can be understood and written to disk accurately.

Ultimately, scientists will be able to explore greater levels of detail and more complex scientific problems.

"It's 15 times larger," says Chief PNNL Research Scientist, Bert Dejong. It has around six times more memory. It has six to seven more times disk space. And scientists will be able to really use that kind of new, more-more computer resources to do bigger and bigger science."

The new supercomputer announcement comes on the day PNNL celebrates their 10-year anniversary in the Environmental Molecular Services Laboratory (EMSL) building.

"When we take that supercomputer that we're getting and we couple it with the experimental resources that we have down the hall, we can really start to push the envelope in the type of science are staff and users accomplish," says Allison Campbell, Director of EMSL."

PNNL researchers and staff expect the supercomputer to be delivered in January 2008. It should be up and running by next September.