News Burst: IBM supercomputer seeks objects in space

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a UFO? IBM's SP supercomputer can help

The Air Force Space Surveillance Team based in Maui, Hawaii, announced Tuesday that it has selected IBM's SP supercomputer to identify objects in space that are being tracked by Air Force telescopes.

The supercomputer uses 320 IBM Power3-II microprocessors based on IBM's copper technology, 224GB of memory, and 2.9TB of hard disk space.

The system can process 480 billion calculations per second and is 40 times faster than the IBM "Deep Blue" supercomputer that defeated chess champ Garry Kasparov in 1997.

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