Nasa breaks Linux records

Fast results on ocean simulation system

Nasa has completed its fastest simulation of ocean circulation using the Linux operating system running on a 256-processor Silicon Graphics Altix system. The simulation model, called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO), helps Nasa better understand large-scale ocean dynamics. Conducted at the Nasa Ames Research Center, the simulation was part of a research programme to accelerate the processing of large-scale problems in the earth sciences domain.

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