Blue Mountain (supercomputer)

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Blue Mountain was a supercomputer designed to run simulations for the United States National Nuclear Security Administration's Advanced Simulation and Computing program. It is capable of 3.1 trillion operations per second. In June 1999 it was the world's second fastest computer, and remained among the world's ten fastest computers until November 2001.[1]

According to the Los Alamos National Laboratory website, the supercomputer set a world record in May 2000, with the equivalent of 17.8 years of normal computer processing within 72 hours, including 15,000 engineering simulations requiring 10 hours each.[1]

First commissioned in November 1998, the Blue Mountain was decommissioned on Monday, November 8, 2004 at 8 am, and was replaced by the ASCI Q, Lightning, and QSC supercomputers.[1]

Blue Mountain supercomputer facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2001.


  1. ^ a b c "Blue Mountain supercomputer is decommissioned". November 5, 2004. Retrieved January 3, 2008.