Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Supercomputer takes on a cosmic threat

"A super-powerful computer has simulated what it might take to keep Earth safe from a menacing asteroid.

Red Storm supercomputer

Researchers have utilized the number-crunching brainpower of Red Storm, a supercomputer at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. Red Storm, a Cray XT3 supercomputer, is the first computer to surpass the 1 terabyte-per-second performance mark — a measure that indicates the capacity of a network of processors to communicate with each other when dealing with the most complex situations — in both classified and unclassified realms.

The massively parallel computing simulations have modeled how much explosive power it would take to destroy or sidetrack an asteroid that has Earth in its cross-hairs."

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