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August 2009

EMSL's Chinook Supercomputer by HP Commissioned for Research

Chinook Super Computer
Chinook is a high performance computer that has been tailored to meet the current and future operational needs of Department of Energy EMSL users and can perform more than 160 trillion calculations per second.

The newest supercomputer in town is almost 15 times faster than its predecessor and ready to take on problems in areas such as climate science, hydrogen storage and molecular chemistry. The $21.4 million Chinook supercomputer, built by HP, has now been commissioned for use by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Department of Energy .  Chinook is featured in the Summer 2009 issue of SciDAC Review .

Housed at EMSL, DOE's Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory on the PNNL campus, Chinook can perform more than 160 trillion calculations per second, ranking it in the top 40 fastest computers in the world (see the Top 50). Its predecessor, EMSL's MPP2, could run 11.2 trillion calculations per second.

For more information, please see the PNNL Newsroom.


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