IBM has broken a mathematical record in an eco-friendly way by validating nine terabytes of data in 20 minutes using just 1% of the electrical energy that would normally be required.
The experiment was conducted by IBM researchers using JuGene, a Blue Gene/P system at the Forschungszentrum Julich in Germany. JuGene, the fourth most powerful supercomputer in the world, requires about 52,800kWh for one day of operation. The IBM experiment required an estimated 700kWh.
Costas Bekas, a researcher at IBM Research, Zurich, said, "Efficient analysis of huge data sets requires the development of a new generation of mathematical techniques that reduce computational complexity and at the same time allow for their efficient deployment on modern massively parallel resources."
The technique could be applied to large-scale data analysis such as geo-analytics and supply chain optimisation. IBM said it would offer the supercomputer commercially.
Last month, the computer giant opened a data analytics centre in India.