10 petaflops... a lot of flops.
Fujitsu is now shipping the first parts to its next-generation supercomputer to the Japanese government-funded RIKEN research institute.
The supercomputer, called K, will have 800 racks with 80,000 Fujitsu SPARC 64 VIIIfx processors running at 2.2GHz.
Fujitsu announced this new processor during May of 2009, and great things are expected of it when it'll be the brains behind what looks to be the world's fastest supercomputer – by a fair margin. The only problem is that the computer isn't set to be up and fully operational until 2012.
The Fujitsu K is projected to be capable of 10 petaflops. Right now, the fastest supercomputer in the world is Cray's Jaguar system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with 1.75 petaflops.