High Performance Technologies maakt in een press release bekend dat het voor de Amerikaanse NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmosheric Administration) een Linux supercomputer heeft gebouwd met 276 nodes, draaiend op Alpha processors. Het hele cluster kostte 15 miljoen dollar en zal ingezet worden bij weersvoorspellingen:
There will be a press conference on Wednesday, April 26, in Boulder Colorado, regarding the successful production use of "jet", a 276-node Alpha Linux Supercomputer. This is the first Linux cluster to ever win a traditional competetive procurement for a supercomputer.
[...] NOAA's Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL), one of the country's leading weather technology laboratories, recently acquired a $15 million supercomputer they've named JET. The supercomputer will greatly enhance the ability of the lab to develop and test weather models that could dramatically improve the capability of forecasters to forecast the weather. It is one of the fastest weather research supercomputers in the world.
Designed and built entirely using the LINUX operating system, JET will be running weather models over the next two years at the staggering rate of 2 to 4 trillion arithmetic computations per second. FSL is the first government laboratory to purchase a "turn-key" Linux supercomputer. The supercomputing system was integrated and installed by High Performance Technologies, Inc. (HPTi), a leading developer in the field of high performance computing.