Pentagon chooses IBM and Cray in its search for supercomputers

The Pentagon awarded almost $500 million in two contracts Tuesday to International Business Machines and Cray to design a supercomputer several times as fast as today's most powerful systems. The Cray contract is for $250 million and the IBM contract is for $244 million, to be spent during the next four years. They prevailed over Sun Microsystems. The contracts are part of the High Productivity Computing Systems program being led by the Pentagon's research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa. The program aims to achieve and surpass the ability to calculate more than a quadrillion mathematical operations per second - a milestone known as a petaflop.

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