LANL Shuts Down Supers in Wake of Wildfires

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Datacenter Knowledge is reporting that Los Alamos National Laboratory has shut down it’s supercomputers over concerns that smoke from the Las Conchas Fire could cause problems for ventilation and cooling systems.

“A Los Alamos spokeswoman said the laboratory conducted an ‘orderly shutdown’ of two of its largest supercomputers,” writes Patrick Thibodeau at ComputerWorld. “IBM’s Roadrunner, the first the break the petaflop barrier in 2008, and now the 10th ranked most powerful supercomputer in the world, and Cielo, a Craig system that is ranked No. 6 on the Top500 list.”

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