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IBM supercomputer sets world speed record

An IBM machine has reclaimed the title of world's fastest supercomputer, overtaking Japan's Earth Simulator which had been the leader since it set a computing speed record in 2002. 

IBM's BlueGene/L is now the fastest supercomputer in the world, according to IBM company researchers. The computer, using the industry-standard LINPACK benchmark, was able to turn in a sustained a performance of 36.01 teraflops. That edges it ahead of the three-year-old top mark of 35.86 teraflops for NEC's Earth Simulator in Yokohama, Japan. A teraflop equals a trillion floating point operations per second. The milestone was attained during internal testing at IBM's production facility in Rochester, Minnesota.


According to IBM, the BlueGene/L underlying design is adaptable to a range of applications and will be more affordable than current supercomputing resources thanks to smaller physical size and greater power efficiency. 

"Blue Gene is an IBM supercomputing project with two overall goals: The first is to build a new family of supercomputers optimized for bandwidth, scalability and the ability to handle large amounts of data while consuming a fraction of the power and floor space required by today's fastest systems. 

The second is to use this computing platform to attack a broad range of challenging scientific and data analysis problems. Among the first applications IBM is exploring to harness Blue Gene's massive computing power is to model the folding of human proteins - a technique expected to give medical researchers better understanding of diseases, as well as potential cures. 

 

IBM, Livermore and other initial Blue Gene/L clients (ASTRON, Argonne National Laboratory and AIST) are currently exploring a growing list of applications including hydrodynamics, quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, climate modeling and financial modeling".

Learn about the Top500 Supercomputer list here:.
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