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November 15, 1993

FOUR ALL-RUSSIAN ELBRUS-3-1 SCIENTIFIC SUPERCOMPUTERS MAKE IT OFF PRODUCTION LINE

By CBR Staff Writer

Four of the all-Russian Elbrus-3-1 supercomputers have now creaked off the production line. Recent tests done by its makers confirm that the computer is capable of more than 1 GFLOPS. The Elbrus project is based at the Institut Tochnoj Mekhaniki i Vychislitelnoj Tekhniki – Institute for Precise Mechanics & Computer Equipment which is part of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Jenny Ryabov, Director of the Institute, confirmed that only Russian made components were used in the manufacture of the computer. Logic circuits were produced at the Mikron enterprise in Zelenograd near Moscow and the Svetlana enterprise in St Petersburg, memory circuits at Mikron and Angstrem in Zelenograd. Most microprocessors were produced at defence industry enterprises. The Elbrus project was established at around the same time as the Soviet space programme and its main role was in space and ballistics research programmes. The Elbrus-3-1 was developed partly under contract with the nuclear research centres in Chelyabinsk and Arzamas.

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