New Silicon Graphics computers expand Army lab computing 10-fold

A turnkey computer installation featuring two Silicon Graphics Origin 2000 shared memory processors is delivering more computer power to the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Major Shared Resource Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for processing classified and open scientific data.

Mar 1st, 1998

A turnkey computer installation featuring two Silicon Graphics Origin 2000 shared memory processors is delivering more computer power to the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Major Shared Resource Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for processing classified and open scientific data.

The installation was recently completed by Raytheon Systems Co. (formerly Raytheon E-Systems) of Garland, Texas, under a $170 million contract awarded in 1996 and is intended to increase the Army`s computing power at Aberdeen by a factor of 10.

The two new units have 256 processors configured as two 128-processor system images, each with 64 gigabytes of memory, and supplement the Army`s existing two Silicon Graphics/Cray T916s` near-line mass storage and scientific visualization capabilities. The computer complex provides three distinct computing environments: special access, secret, and unclassified.

Raytheon Systems designers do the whole job, says Joice Bartelson, the company`s program manager for the ARL MSRC job - technical support, environmental and training coordination, system administration, and maintenance. "We augment the government`s people using an integrated work team approach," she says. "As a product line neutral integrator, we select best-value technology through comprehensive screening, testing, trade studies, modeling, benchmarking, and informed technology forecasting." - J.R.

For more information about the computer complex, contact Rick Adams, marketing director at Raytheon Systems Co., by phone at 972-272-0515, by fax at 972-272-8144, by mail at P.O. Box 660023, Dallas, Texas, 75266-0023, or by e-mail at rick_adams@qmailgw.gar.esys.com

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