Compaq called in to power hi-end alliance

Compaq has agreed to boost the supercomputing capabilities of the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) through an alliance it has negotiated with the Australian National University, which is the host institution for APAC. Under the terms of the three-year deal Compaq will provide supercomputing technology, including an AlphaServer SC built on more than 450 Alpha processors plus system and development software.

The supercomputer will be available for use by researchers Australia-wide for work in areas like molecular modelling for new drugs or pattern discovery for fraud detection, explained Professor John O'Callaghan, executive director of APAC.

APAC will also use the system to support organisations working on engineering, medical, pharmaceutical and chemical applications. "The APAC National Facility will contribute to Australia's capability for innovation," O'Callaghan said. "It will be a major factor in attracting international researchers here".

Compaq too expects to reap kudos from the deal. "Over the past year Compaq has been selected by government and research groups worldwide to implement the largest supercomputers needed for breakthrough scientific research," noted Bill Blake, Compaq's vice president of high performance technical computing. "We are now looking forward to working with APAC to implement the largest supercomputer in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere."

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