New supercomputer from IBM

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New supercomputer from IBM

Antony Savvas

IBM has introduced a new 91.3 teraflops (trillion calculations per second) supercomputer in the US .

 

The Blue Gene/L supercomputer is located at IBM's Thomas Watson Research Centre and is second only to IBM’s original 135 teraflops Blue Gene supercomputer, located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

 

IBM competes against the likes of Silicon Graphics in the supercomputing market. SG’s Columbia system, located at NASA, can achieve 51.9 teraflops.

 

IBM rents out its supercomputers to organisations that need to run demanding applications in science and medicine, for instance.

 

The Thomas Watson system is a 20-rack system, with each rack accommodating 1,024 processors.


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