With performance almost double that of the Earth Simulator, in Yokohama, Japan, IBM’s Blue Gene/L on Monday was officially ranked first on the Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. IBM built four of the top ten machines on the biannual list.
Blue Gene/L is a 33,000-processor prototype of a much larger $100 million system that will be delivered to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, during the first half of 2005. The system is capable of performing 70.72 trillion calculations per second, making it the first new system to top the list since NEC’s Earth Simulator first appeared in 2002.
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