archive: SETI NASA, SGI Hatch 'HAL'


Larry Klaes ( )
Thu, 20 May 1999 12:17:48 -0400

Wired News Report

12:00 p.m. 19.May.99.PDT
NASA on Tuesday agreed to collaborate
with SGI to create ultra high-speed
computers that will be the brains behind
the boosters.

The supercomputing system will be used
to develop the spacecraft of the new
millennium, toggle through gnarly
astrobiology computations, and build
virtual medical tools for space doctors.

NASA and SGI signed a memorandum of
understanding to develop new
supercomputer technology for NASA to
tackle the space jobs of the next

"This agreement is of great importance to
key NASA projects such as astrobiology,
which will look at fundamental human
questions concerning the origin and
evolution of life," said NASA administrator
Daniel Goldin in a statement.

The supercomputers will be used for such
applications as computational modeling
and developing tools for performing virtual
surgeries during long space missions.

The collaboration will pursue large-scale
supercomputing applications and support
tools optimized for operating systems
technology for large systems, and
techniques to minimize the impacts of
low-level component failure.

Financial terms of the agreement were
not disclosed.