Chippewa Falls’ own SGI Inc. recently provided the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio with one of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The supercomputer was nicknamed Thunder and will join two other supercomputers in Wright-Patterson’s Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
Thunder is the 21st fastest supercomputer in the world and the 3rd supercomputer that Wright-Patterson Air Force base has added in the last 3 years. The AFRL now has the largest total computing power in the Defense Department around the nation thanks to the $30 million supercomputer from SGI Inc. The AFRL’s other two supercomputers are a $20.8 million Cray XC-30 and a $24 million SGI Altix ICE X. Main uses for the supercomputers include designing futuristic weapons, conducting developmental testing, operational analysis, climate modeling, and even analyzing radar images to spot targets in real time.
SGI Inc., as well as Cray, Inc. continue to be large employers in the area and both play a key role in our local economy.