View Full Version : IBM Blue Gene/P: 3 petaflops

Dr Mordrid
26th June 2007, 19:26
Link.... (http://www.gizmag.com/go/7511/)

IBM triples performance of World's Fastest Computer and breaks the "Quadrillion" Barrier

June 26, 2007 The world of computing continually throws up feats that are difficult to comprehend. If the world’s fastest car or world’s tallest building were suddenly to be outperformed by a factor of three, we’d be incredulous, yet such quantum leaps have become routine in the world of computing. IBM’s new Blue Gene/P is the second generation of the world's most powerful supercomputer. It triples the performance of its predecessor, Blue Gene/L while remaining the most energy-efficient and space-saving computing package ever built. Blue Gene/P scales to operate continuously at speeds exceeding one petaflop (one-quadrillion operations per second) and can be configured to reach speeds in excess of three petaflops. The system is 100,000 times more powerful than a home PC and can process more operations in one second than a stack of laptop computers 1.5 miles high (don’t try this at home folks).

The result is a machine that towers over other systems. It enables science and commercial supercomputing to attack vital problems in ways never before possible -- modeling an entire human organ to determine drug interactions, for example. Drug researchers could run simulated clinical trials on 27 million patients in one afternoon using just a sliver of the machine's full power.

27th June 2007, 02:14
It bloody well should be "100000 times more powerful than a home PC", considering it contains 884736 cores. But yeah, it's very very impressive, with up to 8.64 Megawatts power draw.