Alongside SGI’s earnings press release delivered this afternoon, they also announced a large supercomputing win with NASA. There aren’t a great deal of details related to the deal, but this is rumored to be the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Columbia replacement.
They did, however, release some rough system specs. The system will be an Altix ICE platform with 20,480 cores and 20TB of memory. Go go gadget cluster!
[Ed: the system will also apparently be watercooled and, as Ashley Vance of The Register predictably notes, marks a departure from NASA from SGI’s Itanic…er, Itanium…based systems.]