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Photo of the Week: Supercomputing… from Space

June 27, 2013 - 1:46pm

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The Cibola Flight Experiment (CFE) is an experimental small satellite that was designed to prove that off-the-shelf computer processors can be used for supercomputing in space. The processors, also called field-programmable gate arrays, can be reconfigured while the satellite is in orbit, enabling researchers to modify them for a variety of tasks like studying lightning, disturbances in the ionosphere, and radio-frequency sources.
 
The CFE satellite was launched on March 8, 2007, in low-earth orbit, and has operated successfully since its deployment. In this 2006 photo, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Daniel Seitz works on preparing the CFE satellite. | Photo by LeRoy Sanchez, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Cibola Flight Experiment (CFE) is an experimental small satellite that was designed to prove that off-the-shelf computer processors can be used for supercomputing in space. The processors, also called field-programmable gate arrays, can be reconfigured while the satellite is in orbit, enabling researchers to modify them for a variety of tasks like studying lightning, disturbances in the ionosphere, and radio-frequency sources. The CFE satellite was launched on March 8, 2007, in low-earth orbit, and has operated successfully since its deployment. In this 2006 photo, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Daniel Seitz works on preparing the CFE satellite. | Photo by LeRoy Sanchez, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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