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Supercomputer will only use four DEC VAX 8600s by 1987

To the Editor:

I write to correct one major inaccuracy appearing in The Tech, March 19, Page 1, in the story "NSF to provide funds for DEC supercomputer."

The Consortium for Scientific Computing, of which MIT is a member, will initially install as its principle computational resource a Cyber 205 manufactured by Conrol Data Corporation. Early in 1987, the Cyber 205 will be replaced by an ETA-10 manufactured by ETA Systems. This latter machine will have a computational capability of approximately 8000 times that of the VAX 11/780 minicomputer.

Communications and file processing tasks for the supercomputer will be handled by a cluster of four VAX 8600s with 40 gigabytes of disk storage and high speed (typically 1.5 million bits per second) communication line to the member university campuses.

James D. Bruce '60->

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