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LinuxDevices.com: Inside IBM's BlueGene/L Supercomputer

Dec 05, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"A team of computer scientists at IBM and the University of California/Lawrence Livermore Labs have used Linux and embedded System on Chip (SoC) technology to achieve a breakthrough in supercomputer technology expected to radically reduce the size and cost of highly scalable systems, while dramatically increasing performance. A prototype the size of a 30-inch television has already weighed in at number 73 on the Top500 Supercomputer project list, producing two teraFLOPS (trillions of floating point operations per second).

"The BlueGene/L 'Livermore' system, when completed in late 2004, is expected to scale to 128,000 processors and deliver a theoretical 360 teraFLOPS (trillion floating-point operations per second), all while drawing just 1 MegaWatt of power and taking up a mere half-tennis-court worth of floor space. Cooling demands will also be low, by supercomputing standards..."

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