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Intel Federal to Tap Supercomputing Power for US Gov

Chip maker Intel has created a new subsidiary which will be responsible for working with the US government on supercomputing.

According to the company, Intel Federal will initially work with the US Department of Energy and other related agencies on high performance computing. The company will start working with other US government departments after some time.

Intel announced that Dave Patterson has been appointed as the President of Intel Federal. Patterson was previously the president and CEO of Optelecom-NKF Inc and also held the same positions at Siemens Government Services before that.

He will be reporting directly to Kirk Skaugen vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data centre and Connected Systems Group.

“Reaching supercomputer performance levels of a hundred times more powerful than today by 2018 will require the combined efforts of both industry and government. An ExaFlop supercomputer’s performance is the equivalent of every person on Earth making about 150 million calculations per second,” Skaugen said.

“We look forward to collaborating more closely with the U.S. government on future supercomputing challenges,” he added.

The new company will initially have offices in Oregon, California and the Washington, D.C and will expand to other government ventures soon.