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Linux Networx lands deal for NASA Goddard

Will provide a system to handle applications such as weather and climate modeling and astrophysical simulations.

Linux Networx has signed a deal to provide a supercomputing system to the NASA Center for Computational Sciences at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The company, which specializes in supercomputers built from clusters of Linux-based machines, said Monday that Computer Sciences Corp. ordered a Custom Supersystem to handle a range of heavy-duty applications, from weather modeling to astrophysical simulation.

The 128-node, 3.3 trillion floating-point operations per second (TFLOPS) Supersystem at NASA Goddard will have dual-core Dempsey processors from Intel and an Infiniband Network from Silverstorm Technologies, LinuxNetworx said. It is designed to go up as far as 40 TFLOPS in its full configuration, the Bluffdale, Utah-based company said.