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INTEL TO STOP TAKING ORDERS FOR PARAGON SUPERCOMPUTER IN SEPTEMBER

Despite turning up at the top of most lists of the largest installed bases of parallel processors, Intel Corp will stop taking orders for its 80860 RISC-based Paragon supercomputer at the end of September, reports HPCwire. It will continue to service and support users through 2001. The company will make smaller versions of the Paragon-based TeraFLOPS system it’s building for the US Department of Energy available, but only through third-party vendors. Intel started in the supercomputer business in 1984 with a group called iSC – Intel Scientific Computers. The systems used 80286 and 80386 processors. The iPSC/860 supercomputer came in 1990 and the multiple instruction- multiple data Paragon system at the end of 1992. From its experience in the supercomputer world, Intel was able to construct the Pentium-based Scalable Parallel Processor technology which it now offers to commercial massively parallel vendors. As Intel boss Andy Grove’s says, nothing in this business lasts forever.

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