EETimes schrijft dat Compaq ten behoeve van Frans atoomonderzoek een supercomputer bouwt met 2000 1,25GHz Alpha's of 2500 1GHz Alpha's. Het systeem moet eind 2001 gereed zijn en zal in staat zijn om 5.000.000.000.000 berekeningen per seconde uit te voeren:
The French Atomic Energy Commission has placed an order for a supercomputer to simulate and analyze nuclear explosions. The computer must be able to perform up to five trillion operations per second. Jesse Lipcon, vice president of the company's Alpha Technology group based in Marlborough, Mass., said the order demonstrates that the Alpha architecture is one of the best designs for the ultrahigh-performance segment. Compaq plans to deliver the system by the end of 2001.
The supercomputer will use about 2,000 Alpha chips running in the 1.25-GHz range, or about 2,500 chips at the 1-GHz level. It will be based on the current EV6 generation and will utilize 0.18-micron-level chips. The EV6 line began life at the 0.35-micron node and has been shipping for two years.