Correlator Supercomputer Designed to Run ALMA Radio Telescope Array

Chile's Chajnantor plateau, some 5 kilometers above sea level, is the home of a new supercomputer specially designed to run the ALMA radio telescope array (dishes at lower right). Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Carlos Padilla

The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) Correlator, a large supercomputer that was built in Chile to help radio astronomers, will be able to perform 17 quadrillion operations per second. It took 48 months to install it, 5,000 meters above sea level.

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Microbial Oasis Discovered Under Atacama Desert in Chile

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Researchers have discovered a veritable microbial oasis, under the Atacama Desert in Chile. The region is known for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), but the discovery of a hypersaline subsurface microbial habitat, associated with halite-, nitrate-, and perchlorate-containing salts, lying at a depth of 2m in the driest desert on Earth will give scientists more reasons to visit the region.

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Ash-Covered Landscape: Puyehue Volcano in Chile Spreads Volcanic Ash

Southern Chile looks like an alien planet
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Awesome Photos From Chile’s Reactivated Volcano

Awesome photos from Chile’s recently reactivated Chaitén volcano merging with a lightning-infested thunderstorm. (via kottke)