IBM SP - Babyblue

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IBM SP "Babyblue" system

In use: June 18, 1999 - January 10, 2005
Experimental and production use
Peak teraflops: 0.10
Processors: 64
Clock speed: 0.38GHz
Memory (terabytes): 0.06TB
Electrical power consumption: 7.00 kW

The first IBM SP (babyblue) was delivered to NCAR on 25 June 1999. It was a single-frame system with 16 Winterhawk-I nodes (32 Power3 processors), 1 gigabyte of memory per node, and approximately 200 gigabytes of disk capacity.

The system was used by SCD to familiarize system administrators, consultants, and other staff with the IBM SP and AIX environments. It was used to install and test software upgrades before they were put into production on blackforest, the large SP system. Babyblue was also available for use by any user having access to blackforest.

Babyblue was decommissioned on January 12, 2005.

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