Senator Murray Announces "Supercomputer" for PNNL

Apr 16 2002

Powerful new computer will help solve energy, environmental concerns

(WASHINGTON, DC) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today applauded the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's investment in a new Hewlett-Packard "supercomputer." Murray secured $7 million in the fiscal year 2002 Energy and Water Spending bill to support the lease of the computer, which, when fully installed, will be the world's fastest Linux-based supercomputer.

"This is an exciting and valuable investment for the DOE and the people of the Tri-Cities," Senator Murray said. "I am proud to have secured funding for this ground-breaking technology. This computer will give scientists and researchers the tools they need to solve our most pressing and complex environmental and energy-related national security questions."

The new supercomputer, which will be installed in the Molecular Sciences Computing Facility at PNNL, is expected to be more than 30 times faster, have 50 times more disk space and hold 10 times as much memory as PNNL's current supercomputer. Scheduled to be fully operational in 2003, the computer will allow researchers to apply computational science to answer fundamental questions such as how radioactive waste can be processed and stored.

The total price of the new "supercomputer" is $24.5 million. As a member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee, Senator Murray will continue to work to secure funding for this project in the upcoming fiscal year.