IT & Network Infrastructure : IBM, Microsoft Help Bring 'Big Sky' Supercomputer to Montana

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2010-02-09 Print this article Print
IBM, Microsoft Help Bring Big Sky Supercomputer to Montana

IBM, Microsoft Help Bring Big Sky Supercomputer to Montana

by Jeffrey Burt
In partnership with the state of Montana, tech vendors such as IBM, Microsoft, NextIO and Nice have created the "Big Sky" system, the cornerstone of the new Rocky Mountain Supercomputer Centers. The 3.8-teraflop system, powered by IBM's System p and System x servers and running Microsoft's Windows HPC Server 2008, is designed to fulfill Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer's vision of using technology to be the economic engine that revitalizes the region, which some until now have called "The Great American Supercomputing Desert." The goal is to grow the system to 20 to 25 teraflops, and should demand exceed the RMSC's capacity, workloads can be spilled over to IBM's Computing on Demand cloud computing center.

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