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Los Alamos National Labs has begun taking bids to build the world's fastest supercomputer

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announced yesterday that it has begun taking bids to upgrade its existing computing power and to begin work on building the world’s fastest supercomputer.

The new supercomputer would be tasked with ensuring that the United States nuclear deterrent program remains operational without the need to detonate live nukes underground to ensure they still work. “LANL currently has some of the most limited computational capabilities of all the DOE laboratories. That will change with this new petaflop computer, which will fill an immediate need to increase the lab’s computing capabilities,” New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici said.

The new supercomputer, dubbed "Roadrunner," will operate at 1 petaflop initially with the ability to scale to 2 petaflops as the project is completed and will cost an estimated $900M USD when all is said and done.

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holy sh!t
By Eomer of Aldburg on 5/11/2006 2:18:45 AM , Rating: 2
and who pays for all of this? Thats what I'd liek to know :P

RE: holy sh!t
By Tim Thorpe on 5/11/2006 2:38:06 AM , Rating: 3
The government internally calls them "suckers." We like to call ourselves tax payers. ;)

RE: holy sh!t
By yanman on 5/11/2006 3:05:12 AM , Rating: 3
90M is pocket-change compared to the first DOE super-computers!

RE: holy sh!t
By Cunthor01 on 5/11/2006 3:23:36 AM , Rating: 2
Who cares. Think of all the fps you could get in Frogger!

RE: holy sh!t
By TacticusV1 on 5/11/2006 9:30:08 AM , Rating: 2
hrrm your bitching about 90mil when the us govt spends how many billions on other defence projects

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