The Aerospace Research Institute of Iran (ARI) announced it has build a high-performance computer for rocket research using dual-core AMD Opteron processors. A paper published by the research institute claims they've build a 192 gigaFLOPS SUSE Linux based HPC system with 96 processor cores, even though a U.S. trade embargo forbids sales of high tech equipment like AMD's server processors.
"It is more than troubling that an Iranian aerospace entity, affiliated with the government and involved in sophisticated missile research and production, is using U.S. computer equipment for its development work," said Valerie Lincy, editor of Iran Watch, a Web site published by the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control.
In a statement, AMD said that it can't speculate as to how the processors could have been shipped to Iran.
"AMD has never authorized any sales or shipments of AMD products to Iran or any other embargoed country, either directly or indirectly," the company said.