Boeing's Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle is a serious
rocket. Scheduled to launch first in 2002, it will have the power to pull
payloads of 29,000 lbs, allowing scientists to place larger satellites into
But when Boeing tried to run CFD simulations on the Delta IV (www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/delta/delta4/delta4.htm),
it quickly realized that it couldn't run the complex applications on dinky
little desktops. A problem of such complexity demanded unprecedented computation
power. So they broke out the big guns.
Boeing implemented a Linux supercomputer powered by 96 AMD
Athlon(TM) processors (www.amd.com). Located at
the company's Space and Communications Div. in Huntington Beach, CA, the
supercomputer was developed by Linux NetworX (Sandy, UT, www.linuxnetworx.com), a company which
uses cluster technology to link multiple computers through high-speed networks
and form a single, scalable system. It uses software called ClusterWorX(R) to
manage all those processors, in a similar manner to how the company has created
"Beowulf" clusters for other applications in the past.
In his keynote address at the RAPID 2015 conference last week, Made In Space CTO Jason Dunn gave an update on how far his company and co-development partner NASA have come in their quest to bring 3D printing to the space station -- and beyond.
On Memorial Day, Americans remember the sacrifices the US armed forces have made, and continue to make, in service to the country. All of us should also consider the developments in technological capabilities and equipment over the years that contribute to the success of our military operations.
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