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Pacific Business News February 15, 2005

Maui center gets new supercomputer

The Maui High Performance Computing Center has chosen a Cray XD1 supercomputer to increase space surveillance and image processing capabilities.

This is the center's first supercomputing system from Cray (Nasdaq NM: CRAY). It's part of a multiorder award totaling more than $23 million that Cray has received from the U.S. Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

The Cray system is able to make more than 1.6 trillion calculations per second and will soon begin to advance the work of the Maui Space Surveillance Site on Haleakala. The unique site can gather data on near and deep space objects whether day or night.

"The Cray XD1 supercomputer is ideally suited for handling the vast quantities of data and analysis driven by our space surveillance activities," said center Director Major Kevin Benedict. "We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with the new Cray Inc."

The Maui Space Surveillance Site combines operational satellite tracking facilities with research and development projects. For more information about it, visit www.globalsecurity.org/space/systems/msss.htm.


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