Friday, August 28, 2015
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Microsoft's Lumia 950 and 950 XL Windows 10 Smartphones Leaked Online
Facebook Says It Has One Billion Users Per Day
Google Says Improving Quality Isn't Anti-competitive
Apple To Announce New iPhones In Sept.9 Event
AMD Radeon R9 Nano Graphics Card Shipping September 10th
ASUS Announces TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Motherboard
New Camera-Lens Optical Element Enables Extremely High Levels of Chromatic Aberration Correction
LG Develops Full-Size Keyboard For Pockets
Active Discussions
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
How to burn a backup copy of The Frozen Throne
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
Copied dvd's say blank in computer only
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
 Home > News > General Computing > IBM sup...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Wednesday, September 29, 2004
IBM supercomputer sets world speed record


An IBM machine has reclaimed the title of world's fastest supercomputer.

It overtook a Japanese computer that had caused shock waves at U.S. government agencies when it set a computing speed record in 2002.

Supercomputing technologies were widely viewed as indicators of national industrial prowess in the 1980s and 1990s. They are used extensively in weapons design.

More recently, federal officials have become concerned that lagging investment in high-performance computing could leave the United States vulnerable to competition in industries ranging from biotechnology to materials science.

The IBM computer is based on a computing technology, called Blue Gene/L, that takes an approach radically different from that used by the Japanese supercomputer, called the Earth Simulator.

The Japanese machine, which was built to analyze climate change patterns, uses fewer processors than the IBM machine, but they are specialized and faster.

The IBM supercomputer has surpassed the Earth Simulator, built by the NEC, in running the Linpack benchmark, a test program that solves a dense system of mathematical equations. IBM announced yesterday that the Blue Gene/L system had attained a sustained performance of 36.01 trillion calculations per second, or teraflops, eclipsing the top mark of 35.86 teraflops reached in 2002 by the Earth Simulator in Yokohama. The new speed was reached during internal testing at IBM's production center in Rochester, Minn.

"This is notable because of the fixation everyone has had on the Earth Simulator," said Dave Turek, IBM's vice president for the high-performance computing division.

The new system is notable because it packs its computing power much more densely than other large-scale computing systems. Blue Gene/L is one-hundredth the physical size of the Earth Simulator and consumes one twenty-eighth the power per computation, the company said.

The Blue Gene/L will have wide commercial applications, first in the petroleum and biotechnology industries, Turek said.

A large-capacity version of the Blue Gene/L system is scheduled to be installed early next year at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. That machine will have about 130,000 processors, compared with the 16,000-processor prototype that set the speed record.

Computer scientists said that increases in speed like that provided by the Blue Gene/L would probably have a significant impact on science.

"It's again an exciting time to be involved in high-performance computing," said Jack Dongarra, a computer scientist at the University of Tennessee who tracks the 500 fastest computers in a biannual ranking. "For some computational scientists, it's like a Hubble telescope."

From News.com



Previous
Next
I/OMagic Unveils New GigaBank 4.0 Portable Storage Device        All News        DVDs could hold '100 times more'
I/OMagic Unveils New GigaBank 4.0 Portable Storage Device     General Computing News      Microsoft Pushes Internet Protocol TV

Source Link Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
IBM Unveils Linux Mainframe System
Watson to Gain Ability to See with Acquisition of Merge Healthcare
IBM Acquires Compose to Expand Cloud Data Services
IBM Revenue Declines
IBM Develops 7nm Processor
IBM and Box Partner to Transform Work in the Cloud
IBM Maintains Top Position In The List Of U.S. Patents
IBM Buys Blue Box to Accelerate Open Hybrid Clouds
IBM Scientists Achieve Critical Steps to Building First Quantum Computer
IBM Revenue Falls In Q1
IBM Opens Threat Intelligence to Combat Cyber Attacks
IBM Announces Partnerships to Transform Personal Health with Watson and Open Cloud

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2015 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .