The latest in low cost computing solutions from the Fermilab Advanced Computer Program is targeted at Lattice Gauge theory calculations and delivers supercomputer performance at a fraction of the cost. A typical system with 256 processors, 2.5 Gigabytes of memory, and 64 Gigabytes of on-line tape storage, delivers a peak performance of 5 billion floating point operations per second. The programming environment, Canopy, provides a comprehensive, hardware independent, distributed processing platform from within the more familiar environments of FORTRAN, C, and UNIX. This paper describes the individual processing elements of the system and gives a brief description of the Canopy software.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering