NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Selects Linux Networx Supercomputers for Earth and Space Sciences Research

May 01, 2006, 01:00 ET from Linux Networx

    SALT LAKE CITY, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Linux Networx, The Linux
 Supercomputing Company, today announced that Computer Sciences Corporation
 (CSC) has ordered a Custom Supersystem for the NASA Center for
 Computational Sciences (NCCS) at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The new
 system is designed to dramatically increase throughput for applications
 ranging from studying weather and climate variability to simulating
 astrophysical phenomena. The system will supplement the NCCS architecture
 with improved price/performance and is designed to scale to as many as 40
 trillion floating-point operations per second (TFLOPS) in its full
     "For over twenty years NASA Goddard has been at the forefront of
 adopting new supercomputing technologies and approaches," said Robert (Bo)
 Ewald, chief executive officer, Linux Networx. "We're honored to be
 selected as NASA Goddard's partner as they continue to advance their
 scientific computing capabilities."
     CSC and the NCCS selected a 128-node, 3.3 TFLOPS Supersystem with Intel
 dual-core Dempsey processors and an Infiniband Network from Silverstorm
 Technologies. This system includes a high-performance storage subsystem
 with 60 TBs of raw Data Direct Networks storage running the IBM General
 Parallel File System (GPFS). The storage subsystem will be tightly
 integrated with the supercomputer to further accelerate and optimize
 performance. This initial system will be the cornerstone of a cluster
 environment that is easily expandable to keep pace with the ever-increasing
 scientific requirements for computational capacity.
     In addition to powering the NCCS's application throughput and
 price/performance needs, the Custom Supersystem was chosen for its system
 reliability and the ability to incorporate new technologies over time.
 Linux Networx also offers unrivaled industry expertise and experience in
 meeting the needs of other government agencies. The NASA Goddard
 acquisition is the second major order by a government agency in three
 months. In February Linux Networx announced that the Department of Defense
 High Performance Computing Modernization Program placed the largest single
 order for Linux Supercomputers in the company's history.
     Linux Networx Custom Supersystems are especially well-suited for
 organizations that wish to pioneer new technologies, new programming models
 or new levels of supercomputing scale. As an experienced system partner,
 Linux Networx works with customers and technology partners to identify and
 integrate a variety of emerging and proven technologies into a
 production-ready system. Linux Networx leads the design, integration and
 testing of these next generation one-of-a-kind supercomputing clusters to
 the exacting specifications of our customers.
     About Linux Networx
     For over a decade Linux Networx has delivered Linux Supercomputers
 specifically designed to drive new levels of Total Application Throughput
 for our customers. The company's Linux Supercomputing offerings power value
 in application-tuned price/performance and utilization, overall system
 reliability, uptime and Total Cost of Operations. The company has delivered
 over 475 supercomputing clusters to more than 175 supercomputing customers
 around the world. In 2005, the company achieved record orders, finishing
 the year with three consecutive quarters of record growth. Our global
 customer base represents supercomputing leaders ranging from Boeing in
 aerospace; BMW, Daimler Chrysler, Audi, Caterpillar and John Deere in heavy
 manufacturing; Total, Schlumberger and Shell Oil in the Oil and Gas
 industry; and Los Alamos National Laboratories, Sandia National
 Laboratories and the Department of Defense in the government arena. In 2005
 the company was awarded three HPCWire Editor and Reader's Choice Awards --
 for Most Innovative Technology in two categories and for Best
 Price/Performance. For more information about Linux Networx, visit

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