back to article US Air Force boots up not one but two AMD-powered supercomputers after five years of Intel Haswell CPUs

HPE has built two supercomputers focused on weather forecasting for the US Air Force that, when combined, are said to be six times more powerful than their predecessor. Both of the Cray EX supers are up and running at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. They have 800 compute nodes each, with each node made up of two 64 …

  1. Headley_Grange Silver badge

    Now that's.....

    .....cloud computing.

    1. Sceptic Tank Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: Now that's.....

      The models sound like vaporware.

  2. This is not a drill

    All very well, but.......

    Can it handle Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) in 4k with graphics set to their highest

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Can it handle Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) in 4k with graphics set to their highest

      Well, if it doesn't, being the US Air Force, they can just get in one of their aircraft and fly that instead.

      1. Blackjack Silver badge

        Re: Can it handle Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) in 4k with graphics set to their highest

        Currently they are using a mix of simulation cabins and VR.

  3. StargateSg7

    And to think just ONE of our 2 THz GaAs Array Processor Chips is 19.2 PetaFLOPS at 128 bits wide for Floats, Fixed Points and Integers (at Simultaneous Computation of all three types) in a package the size of two large university textbooks versus that 7 PetaFLOPS hunk of multi-tonne metal which takes up an entire gymnasium!

    meh!

    v

  4. keith_w

    Good for the USAF for memorializing those 2 meteorologists in that way.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Agreed!

      I also enjoyed reading the link, from 1998. A nice web throwback and a great story.

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