An Overview of Computing at Los Alamos
The Los Alamos National Laboratory operates one of the largest scientific and engineering computing facilities in the world to support its national defence and other programs. This facility, as of the summer of 1984, had six Cray-computers, five CDC-7600-class machines, and many other smaller computers in an “Integrated Computing Network” (ICN). This network also provides central and distributed nodes for file management and storage, graphical and printed output, network and production control, and distributed computing.
The characteristics of some of the major applications in the ICN and the performance of the various Cray computers on the Los Alamos workload are discussed, and some experiences in creating the ICN and plans for the future are presented.
KeywordsAlamos National Laboratory Digital Equipment Corporation Communication Division Disk Controller Timesharing System
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