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DARPA Selects IBM for Supercomputing Grand Challenge
$244 Million Award Will Help Fulfill Goals of DARPA's High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) Program

Initiated in 2002, the DARPA HPCS program responds to a strategy developed in conjunction with the U.S. national security community. The new IBM system design will help fulfill the goals of DARPA's HPCS program, which include enhancing human productivity as well as improving computer performance, scalability and availability. Today's award represents Phase III of the DARPA program. IBM plans to continue its collaboration with numerous universities and national laboratories throughout the development process of these advanced technologies.

"IBM's next generation POWER7 based petascale computing system will open many new realms in science and engineering -- from predicting the structure and function of complex biological systems, to realizing the potential of nanotechnology, to predicting the changes in the earth's climate and ecosystems," says Thom Dunning, director, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). "This deep integration of IBM's most advanced technologies will place unsurpassed computational power into the hands of researchers and educators through an elegant architecture and comprehensive software environment that emphasizes productivity, reliability and high sustained performance at all computational scales."

"NCSA looks forward to working with IBM to bring the full potential of its planned POWER7 based system to bear on the nation's most challenging science and engineering problems," says Robert Pennington, chief technology officer at NCSA. "Engaging with industrial partners to explore and develop applications of petascale levels will strengthen the US economy and enhance our competitiveness in a world driven by science and technology innovation."

"These DARPA initiatives will propel IBM to far exceed the traditional 2X performance improvement over 18 months," said Ravi Arimilli, IBM Fellow and Principal Investigator of POWER7. "We are embarking on a bold journey to deliver a 100X improvement in sustained performance over 48 months with a simpler and easy to use platform. Harnessing the development capabilities of IBM towards this disruptive design will drive the frontiers of science and business."

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