Big Blue Reveals Fastest Supercomputer Alive

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 01, 2004

In a historic development in the computing world, IBM has succeeded in re-writing the rulebook for ultra-powerful computing by developing the world” s most powerful supercomputer- Blue Gene/L supercomputer, surpassing NEC” s Earth Simulator in Japan.

Using the industry-standard LINPACK benchmark, the IBM Blue Gene/L system attained a sustained performance of 36.01 teraflops, eclipsing the three-year-old top mark of 35.86 teraflops for the Japanese Earth Simulator in Yokohama, Japan.

The milestone was attained during internal testing at IBM’s production facility in Rochester, Minnesota, reflecting the current state of an ongoing, multi-year project that has been a series of opportunities and challenges.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California has collaborated with IBM’s researchers and engineers. The largest planned Blue Gene/L machine, scheduled for delivery to LLNL in early 2005, will occupy 64 full racks with a peak performance of 360 teraflops.

LLNL researchers plan to use Blue Gene/L to simulate physical phenomena that require computational capability much greater than presently available, such as cosmology and the behavior of stellar binary pairs, laser-plasma interactions, and the behavior and aging of high explosives.