Oak Ridge Lab plans to make 'Jaguar' computer even faster

Oak Ridge Lab plans to make 'Jaguar' computer even faster

November 28, 2005

OAK RIDGE (AP) -- The supercomputer known as "Jaguar" already is one of the fastest machines in the world, but Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have plans to make it even faster.

The Department of Energy facility hopes to quadruple Jaguar's speed by next year, from 25 teraflops to 100 teraflops, or 100 trillion calculations per second.

Associate lab director and computer chief Thomas Zacharia the speed will be a challenge, but he thinks scientists will get close to it.

The Cray XT-3 currently is ranked as the 10th fastest computer in the world and the fastest U.S. machine available for open nonmilitary research.

The lab plans to expand the supercomputer from its current configuration of 56 cabinets to about 120 cabinets and double the number of processors.

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