OSC engineers were busy again in September of 1998, installing an SGI Origin 2000 system at the Center. The SGI Origin 2000, code named Lego, came from a family of mid-range and high-end servers developed and manufactured by Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) to succeed the SGI Challenge and POWER Challenge. The SGI Origin 2000 contained 32 MIPS R12000 processors at 300MHz and 16GB of memory.
In November, 1997, OSC also installed two additional HPC systems, a CRAY T94 and a CRAY T3E. These systems replaced a CRAY Y-MP and a CRAY T3D, two of the Center’s most utilized systems. The T3E-600/LC housed 136 Alpha EV5 processors at 300MHz and 16GB of memory.
In November, 1997, OSC also installed two additional HPC systems, a CRAY T94 and a CRAY T3E. These systems replaced a CRAY Y-MP and a CRAY T3D, two of the Center’s most utilized systems. The T94 featured four custom vector processors at 450MHz and 1GB of memory.
In June, 1997, OSC engineers installed the Cray J90se system. This Scalar Enhanced series doubled the scalar speed of the processors on the base J90 model to 200 MHz; the vector chip remained at 100 MHz.
In October, 1995 OSC engineers installed an SGI Power Challenge system at the KRC site. The SGI system featured 16 processors, two gigabytes of main memory (8-way interleaved), and four megabytes of secondary cache.
OSC engineers in 1995 installed a Convex Exemplar SPP1220 system, a recently upgraded version of Convex’s popular SPP1000 system, featuring a new processor, memory and I/O package.
In April, 1995, OSC engineers began installing a powerful new computer at the OSC/KRC – an IBM RISC System/6000* Scalable POWERparallel Systems * SP2.
In 1994 OSC installed a Cray Y-MP 2E as a complement machine to the Cray T3D MPP.
On April 18, 1994, OSC engineers took delivery of a 32-processor Cray T3D MPP, an entry-level massively parallel processing system. Each of the processors included a DEC Alpha chip, eight megawords of memory and Cray-designed memory logic.
In August 1989, OSC engineers completed the installation of the $22 million Cray Y-MP8/864 system, which was deemed the largest and fastest supercomputer in the world for a short time. The seven-ton system was able to calculate 200 times faster than many mainframes at that time and underwent several weeks of stress testing from “friendly users, who loaded the machine to 97 percent capacity for 17 consecutive days.