HP: Itanium supercomputer up and running

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A Hewlett-Packard supercomputer at is fully operational, HP said Tuesday. The system is capable of performing 11.8 trillion calculations per second and is geared for chemistry, climatology and molecular science research.

The system uses 1,984 of Intel's 1.5GHz Itanium 2 "Madison" processors. An earlier version with 1.0GHz "McKinley" Itanium processors was ranked at No. 8 on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers, and HP expects that ranking to climb now that the system has been completed.