IBM triples performance of world's fastest computer


IBM triples performance of world's fastest computer

Antony Savvas

IBM has tripled the performance of the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

Big Blue has announced Blue Gene/P, the second generation of the world’s fastest machine. Blue Gene/P nearly triples the performance of its predecessor, Blue Gene/L.

IBM said the new computer remains the most energy-efficient and space-saving computing package ever built.

Blue Gene/P is designed to operate continuously at speeds exceeding one “petaflop” – or one-quadrillion operations per second. 

The system is 100,000 times more powerful than a home PC and can process more operations in one second than the combined power of a stack of laptop computers nearly 1.5 miles high, said IBM. 

Dave Turek, vice-president of deep computing at IBM, said:, " We see commercial interest in Blue Gene developing now in energy and finance, for example.”

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