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Short Take: SGI grabs an $18 million contract with U.S. Navy

SGI has won an $18 million contract with the U.S. Navy to upgrade its current computer for predicting events such as Hurricane Floyd. The contract means the Navy will upgrade the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center's current SGI computers to the next-generation SN-1 systems, SGI said. The computers currently are being used to make decisions such as when to evacuate its ships, and faster calculations mean that the Navy has more time to respond to weather problems.

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SGI has won an $18 million contract with the U.S. Navy to upgrade its current computer for predicting events such as Hurricane Floyd. The contract means the Navy will upgrade the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center's current SGI computers to the next-generation SN-1 systems, SGI said. The computers currently are being used to make decisions such as when to evacuate its ships, and faster calculations mean that the Navy has more time to respond to weather problems.