Mountain View, CALIF. — SGI announced that it has joined with NASA Ames Research Center, Carnegie Mellon University and 11 other major information technology companies to help eliminate failures in computing systems that are critical to human safety and the welfare of society.
SGI and 11 companies have signed a ground-breaking High Dependability Computing Consortium (HDCC) memorandum of understanding with Carnegie Mellon University and NASA Ames Research Center. The mission of the new consortium is to make computing more dependable in such critical areas as air traffic control, space exploration, Internet communication and health care.
“SGI is proud to be a part of a consortium of academia, industry and government to develop the future of high-dependability computing, using NASA test beds to evaluate emerging concepts,” said Anthony Robbins, president, SGI Federal.
NASA Ames is home to a 512-processor SGI 2800 system called Lomax-the largest single-system image in existence today-that has helped NASA Ames scientists to make monumental achievements in such technology research areas as computational fluid dynamics, global climate modeling and computational astrobiology. SGI and NASA Ames are pushing the boundaries of high-performance computing with plans to build a 1,024-processor SGI Origin 3000 series system based on the revolutionary SGI NUMAflex modular technology.
NASA Ames Research Center, located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, is NASA’s Center of Excellence for Information Technology. Ames leads the agency’s efforts in supercomputing, simulation, human factors and rotorcraft research. The center also has key roles and missions in aerospace operation systems and astrobiology.
SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.