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IDG Singapore: Fujitsu May Beat IBM with Fastest Linux Supercomputer

Aug 05, 2003, 13:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"IBM Corp. has a challenger in the race to deliver the world's fastest Linux-based supercomputer. A day after the U.S. company said it had received an order for what stands to be the fastest such machine, Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. has announced an order for a faster machine that it expects to put into service at about the same time.

"The Fujitsu computing cluster will contain 2,048 as-yet-unidentified processors and stands to deliver a peak performance of 12.4 trillion FLOPS (floating point operations per second), the company said in a statement on Thursday. Fujitsu received the order from Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Riken), a governmental research organization that will use the computer mainly in biotechnology research, and delivery is scheduled for March 2004.

"IBM said a day earlier that it plans to deliver also in March next year a Linux-based supercomputer to Japan's National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). The IBM machine, based around Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) Opteron 246 processors, will have a peak performance of 11.2T FLOPS..."

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