Air Force needs quick price quote on Linux Cluster

Computer companies have just six days to offer price quotes to the U.S. Air Force for a multiprocessor computational cluster for running serial and parallel jobs.

Asking for quotes are officials of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Air Vehicles Directorate Structures Division (AFRL/VASD) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Quotes are due no later than Jan. 10. The request for quote number is FA8604-07-Q-7478.

Air Force researchers need a computer system that runs the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 operating system with one cluster control node, one network server node, 30 compute nodes, and gigabit network connecting all nodes in the cluster. The solicitation is a small-business set-aside.

The cluster control node must have two dual-core AMD Opteron processors that run at least 2.8 GHz, 8 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), DVD optical drive, at least 250 gigabytes of hard disk space, and open DIMM sockets to support future memory expansion.

Each of the system's 30 compute nodes must have two dual-core AMD Opteron processors, 8 gigabytes of RAM, DVD optical drive, at least 40 gigabytes of hard disk. The company selected must deliver the computer system 30 days after receiving the order.

E-mail quotes no later than Jan. 10 to Travis McCullough at McCullough will take questions by e-mail.

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