CYBERSPACE, 2004 (D.O.T.) - A complex supercomputer being constructed for the US government has demonstrated double the power of the long-reigning supercomputing champion. And, it’s only partially built!
IBM's BlueGene/L has achieved a record-breaking performance of 70.72 teraflops, says Spencer Abraham, US energy secretary.
A single teraflop is one million-million floating-point operations - or intensive mathematical calculations - per second. Translated, that means the new champion is about 100 times faster than the most powerful desktop computers.
The new speed by BlueGene/L is precisely twice as fast as the computer officially ranked the world's fastest - NEC's Earth Simulator, based at Yokohama, Japan. BlueGene/L has been developed in cooperation with the US Dept. of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. It is being constructed at LawrenceLivermore National Laboratory, California.
The Earth Simulator currently occupies the number one spot with a peak performance of 35.86 teraflops. But now BlueGene/L seems destined to storm straight to the top of the chart – with double the computing speed!
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