View Full Version : BlueGene sneaks past Earth Simulator

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29-09-04, 12:20
The Earth Simulator, an NEC supercomputer, is surpassed, at last. IBM announced yesterday that its Blue Gene/L supercomputer had achieved a sustained performance of 36.01 teraflops, or 36.01 trillion floating point calculations per second. Earth Simulator's highest recorded performance is 35.86 teraflops.

The margin by which Blue Gene/L overtook the Earth Simulator is small, but the machine is much smaller, and more efficient to run, IBM says. Blue Gene/L's footprint is one per cent that of the Earth Simulator, and its power demands are just 3.6 per cent of the NEC supercomputer.

David Turek, vice president for deep computing at IBM, says the machine is the beginning of a new era in supercomputing. BlueGene/L is built from standardised components, a departure from IBM's traditional, proprietary, DeepBlue technology. A prototype was ranked fourth in the world, until it was bested by ANOTHER IBM MACHINE (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/07/27/ibm_naval_gazing/), delivered to the US military.

www.theregister.co.uk (http://www.theregister.co.uk)

29-09-04, 14:50
Soooooooooo how long does it take to encode divx videos? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

30-09-04, 01:17
LMAO Aaron! :D

I meant to post on this yesterday. Just scary the data that can be processed.