Pleiades – NASA’s Super smart computer, is become World fastest and most powerful supercomputer. The Pleiades’s performance is enhanced by 14% to fulfill the challenging missions requirements of the scientists and engineers working for any space agency. It can compute 1.24 petaflops — or a quadrillion calculations per second. Amazing!
Chief of the NAS Division at Ames, Rupak Biswas said, “As we move toward NASA’s next phase in advanced computing, Pleiades must be able to handle the increasing requirements of more than 1,200 users across the country who rely on the system to perform their large, complex calculations.” He explained, “Right now, for example, the system is being used to improve our understanding of how solar flares and other space weather events can affect critical technologies on Earth. Pleiades also plays a key role in producing high-fidelity simulations used for possible vehicle designs such as NASA’s upcoming Space Launch System.”
Pleiades was built in 2008 for the first time and till now 8 major enhancements are already made. In the latest up-gradation over 24 of the newest generation systems are added including advanced processors. Pleiades different Nodes are interconnected via cables (65 miles cabling) with data storage systems and the hyperwall-2 visualization system.
With this expansion, Pleiades will perform better in various aeronautics research projects including modeling, simulation and analysis. The expansion will will boost the computing capability of the super computer to a quadrillion calculations per second. The Pleiades is located at NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.