Oak Ridge National Laboratory now houses the top computers of three federal agencies — the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

ORNL-Comp-CourtyardOAK RIDGE — With the recent arrival of a Cray XT6 supercomputer that will be used exclusively for climate research, Oak Ridge National Laboratory now houses the top computers of three federal agencies — the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“We’re pretty proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” ORNL’s Buddy Bland said. “East Tennessee is clearly becoming the computing capital of the world.”

The initial Cray XT6 system will have a peak capability of 260 teraflops — 260 trillion calculations per second.

That’s nowhere near the power of Jaguar, the world’s fastest computer, and Kraken, No. 4 in the world, two other Cray machines that share the same room on the first floor of ORNL’s National Center for Computational Science.

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Source: The Tennessean
Photo: Oak Ridge National Laboratory