IBM Roadrunner Tops List Of Fastest 500 Supercomputers

June 19, 2008

On Wednesday, the list for the top 500 supercomputers in the world was revealed at the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany, with the IBM Roadrunner coming out on top....Boston (ChattahBox) – On Wednesday, the list for the top 500 supercomputers in the world was revealed at the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany, with the IBM Roadrunner coming out on top.

This is the 31st time that the annual list has come out, and once again it was an IBM supercomputer that led the way.

The IBM Roadrunner beat out as it is the first system to break the petaflop barrier, reaching 1.026 petaflops.

The supercomputer is housed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Roadrunner beat last year’s winner, BlueGene, also from IBM.

BlueGene was in second on the list this year hitting 478.2 teraflops.

The IBM Roadrunner runs on an advanced version of the Cell processor used in the Sony PlayStatioin 3, as well as chips from AMD.


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