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IBM Plans 20-Fold Leap in Supercomputing

Feb 04, 2009, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

""There are some advances made in networking that help facilitate a much higher profile of scalability than we've seen in the past," he told InternetNews.com. "Most people don't pay attention to networking, but things in the future will be more oriented toward memory, network and software."

"Turk admits a computer like this won't sell a whole lot of units, but the single tower versions of Sequoia do have potential. "The system is physically decomposable. When I look at the 200 teraflop single rack version, I think there will be a lot of people looking to buy that," he said.

"Sequoia will be employed in atomic weapon stockpile stewardship, doing simulations on how the weapons degrade. The old method was to take the nukes into the desert and blow them up to see if they fizzled. It will also do a lot of research in base science like material science and fluid dynamics, all of which can have applicability outside of weapons programs."

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