IBM supercomputer to hit 20 petaflops, doubles fastest in TOP500

Last November IBM announced its next generation supercomputing project, Blue Gene/Q, a project undertaken by software application developers and other computer scientists to build an “ultra-scale” technical computing platform.

IBM has logically named its latest beast “Sequoia”, the tallest in the forest.

Blue Gene/Q is expected to predict the path of hurricanes, analyse the ocean floor to discover oil, simulate nuclear weapons performance and decode gene sequences.

The machine will also have practical software application development implementations.

Indeed, Rogue Wave Software has just announced a pre-release version of its TotalView massively parallel, interactive, and automated debugging tool optimised for IBM Blue Gene/Q-based Sequoia.

Partnering with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM, Rogue Wave has worked in parallel to define the debugging interfaces and port the TotalView debugger simultaneously alongside the development of the Blue Gene/Q hardware.

Due to be unveiled later in 2012, Sequoia is expected to deliver 20 petaflops at peak performance levels, double the speed of the fastest system currently on the TOP500 list.

According to Rogue Wave, LLNL plans to use Sequoia’s computational capability to advance the understanding of fundamental physics and engineering questions that arise in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) program to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the United States’ nuclear deterrent without testing.

It also keeps coffee cups warm. Just kidding.