Supercomputer maker Cray is to use AMD's forthcoming 64-bit Opteron processor in its construction of a supercomputer with Sandia National Laboratories.
According to the Wall Street Journal Sandia and Cray have been working on plans for a 100-trillion operations per second supercomputer since June.
The supercomputer, codenamed Red Storm, will require over 16,000 microprocessors to achieve that performance level.
The Opteron chip is not scheduled for release until next year, but its use in the supercomputer gives AMD - currently facing concerns over its financial structure and delays in bringing its recently announced chips to market - a huge boost.
AMD last week reported a third-quarter loss of $254m and analysts have said the company needs additional sources of cash to remain afloat through the scheduled launch of Hammer processors in the first half of 2003.
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