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DOE's Oak Ridge Supercomputer Now World's Fastest for Open Science

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2008 — The latest upgrade to the Cray XT Jaguar supercomputer at the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has increased the system's computing power to a peak 1.64 "petaflops," or quadrillion mathematical calculations per second, making Jaguar the world's first petaflop system dedicated to open research. Scientists have already used the newly upgraded Jaguar to complete an unprecedented superconductivity calculation that achieved a sustained performance of more than 1.3 petaflops.

"Jaguar is one of science's newest and most formidable tools for advancement in science and engineering," said Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, DOE's Under Secretary for Science. "It will enable researchers to simulate physical processes on a scale never seen before, and approach convergence for dynamical processes never thought possible. High end computation will become the critical third pillar for scientific discovery, along with experiment and theory."

For more information, please go to the Department of Energy news website at: http://www.science.doe.gov/News_Information/News_Room/NR-SC-doe-08.htm

National Center for Computational Sciences http://www.nccs.gov/jaguar