IBM Roadrunner Supercomputer Smashes Past Record

June 10, 2008

The U.S. Department of Energy and IBM announced on Monday that the Roadrunner supercomputer has completely smashed all records in terms of operations it can execute.Boston (ChattahBox) – The U.S. Department of Energy and IBM announced on Monday that the Roadrunner supercomputer has completely smashed all records in terms of operations it can execute.

The Roadrunner managed to execute 1 quadrillion floating point operations per second, and is twice as fast as the previous record holder, the IBM Blue Gene system.

The new $100 million supercomputer will be held at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Roadrunner is going to be used to provide calculations for nuclear security, as well as scientific research.

The supercomputer itself takes up 6,000 square feet and weighs in at 500,000 pounds.

In terms of whats inside it, it runs off of 12,960 IBM Cell chips, used in the Sony PS3.

It also runs on 7,000 dual-core AMD Opteron chips and 80 terabytes of memory, all running on the Red Hat Linux OS.


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