Lenovo to challenge IBM for fastest supercomputer

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Lenovo to challenge IBM for fastest supercomputer

Tash Shifrin

Chinese manufacturing giant Lenovo is aiming to build a supercomputer 10 times more powerful than the fastest computer in the world today, IBM’s BlueGene/L.

In May Lenovo completed the acquisition of IBM’s personal computing division, becoming the third largest PC manufacturer in the world.

Now it is attempting to outstrip IBM’s supercomputing record by building a machine capable of performing 1,000 TFlops - trillion floating point operations - per second.

Blue Gene/L, now owned by the University of California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, can manage a top performance of 137 TFlops.

Lenovo spokesperson Jean Cai said: “Lenovo is honoured to be part of the project,” but could not confirm any further details.

The company has previous experience of building supercomputers, having produced the DeepComp 3800 machine that was briefly the fastest supercomputer in China, with a performance of 4 TFlops.

DeepComp 3800 is now set to be used for complex weather and environmental modelling to support the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

The new Lenovo supercomputer is expected to be ready by about 2010.


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