From FNAL: ” Fermilab pioneers the construction of computing farms”

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Fermilab is an enduring source of strength for the US contribution to scientific research world wide.

June 3, 2017
Troy Rummler


Members of the computing division with the ACP Maps Computer in 1991

Fermilab once possessed the fastest supercomputer in the world. Known as ACPMAPS, (pronounced “A-C-P maps”), the system was installed in 1989 to facilitate deep theoretical explorations into the strong force, one of nature’s four fundamental forces. Soon Fermilab was building more massively parallel computers, pioneering the construction of low-cost computing farms to replace large and expensive specialized systems. With floods of data generated by high-energy physics experiments and mind-bogglingly complex calculations to be carried out in particle physics theory, Fermilab was pushing the bounds of supercomputing.

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Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), located just outside Batavia, Illinois, near Chicago, is a US Department of Energy national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics. Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Thousands of scientists from universities and laboratories around the world
collaborate at Fermilab on experiments at the frontiers of discovery.