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Alienware, a privately held computer maker best known for its high-end PCs for video gamers, has signed a deal to build a powerful research computer for Florida International University.
Miami-based Alienware, whose consumer systems can sell for $3,000 or more, said Tuesday the system would be powered by 98 of Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processors.
The Opteron is a 64-bit chip launched last year that can run applications faster than standard 32-bit chips because it can process more data at once.
The chip is part of a 64-bit computing push by AMD to compete with industry leader Intel on more than just price, and the Opteron has found its way into a number of recent major supercomputer projects.
Alienware said the university system would be used for a number of applications, among them hurricane simulation and biomedical research. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In a statement, university officials said they conducted an "extensive bid process" before choosing Alienware. University representatives were not available to comment on what other vendors bid for the contract.