Tuesday, June 10, 2008

IBM's computer breaks petaflop barrier

IBM announced yesterday the world's fastest supercomputer, it processes 1,000 trillion operations per second (one petaflop).

The new $133 million supercomputer, called Roadrunner, was built for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and will provide calculations for nuclear security and scientific research.

It is a hybrid supercomputer, because combines 12,960 IBM Cell chips, which power Sony's PlayStation 3 video game machine, with 6,948 dual-core AMD Opteron chips and 80 terabytes of memory.

According IBM, supercomputers are moving rapidly to business uses.

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