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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-07-06 12:25 PM
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Fastest supercomputer to be built (BBC) {petaflops now!}
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The machine, codenamed Roadrunner, could be four times more potent than the current fastest machine, BlueGene/L, also built by IBM.

The new computer is a "hybrid" design, using both conventional supercomputer processors and the new "cell" chip designed for Sony's PlayStation 3.
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The new machine will be able to achieve "petaflop speeds," said IBM. One petaflop is the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second.

Running at peak speed, it will be able to crunch through 1.6 thousand trillion calculations per second.

By comparison, BlueGene/L is capable of mere "teraflop" (trillion calculations per second) speeds.
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more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5322704.stm

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(Note the use of the word "potent" -- such a meaty, manly word! It's all about competition, even at the BBC!)
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