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    World's fastest computer unveiled

    World's fastest computer unveiled

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists at the Los Alamos government weapons lab have built the world's fastest computer, capable of sustaining 1,000 trillion operations per second.



    Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and IBM worked on the computer for years.

    The Energy Department and IBM Corp. announced the breakthrough Monday.

    The computer will be used to help maintain the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile.

    Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman says the new computer, named Roadrunner, also will be used to help solve global energy problems and "open new windows of knowledge" in basic research.

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and IBM worked for six years to achieve the world record computer speed.

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    Re: World's fastest computer unveiled

    Bit more I read at The Inquirer....awesome

    THE US MILITARY has experienced some massive flops. Here's one more. A supercomputer, built by IBM, has that broken a computing record to achieve the long coveted goal of being able to process over 1.026 quadrillion calculations a second.
    The beast, dubbed Roadrunner, is made up of a blend of 12,960 modified Cell processors and some 7000 AMD Opterons. The design apparenty includes a parallel processing chip used as an accelerator and turbocharger which Sony left out of the PlayStation 3.
    The Roadrunner runs rings around IBM’s BlueGene/L, the world’s previous fastest supercomputer, weighing in at one thousand trillion calculations per second, or a petaflops.
    Jack Dongarra, a computer scientist at the University of Tennessee, told the New York Times that setting the new record was the “equivalent to the four-minute mile of supercomputing”.
    Consuming the amount of power it would take to run a shopping centre like Harrods, boffins’ biggest challenge is to now programme well enough to get all 116,640 processor cores to work at the same time. Roadrunner already needs three separate programming tools for its three different processor types.
    The $133 million mega machine will be put to use number crunching and problem solving on issues linked to the US’s arsenal of ACME nuclear weapons, global warming and the meaning of life (already calculated a while back as being 42).
    Having smashed through the petaflop barrier, IBM does not intend to tread air before falling hundreds of metres down a cliff face, instead the Wiley Coyotes at IBM are already looking towards the next supercomputing record.
    The thousandfold improvement in computing represented by the petaflop took 11 years to achieve, so the next thousandfold target, the exaflop and after that the zettaflops, the yottaflops and the xeraflops should be just around the corner

    I sense some humor in the piece^^


    More here

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/09/te...nt&oref=slogin
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    Re: World's fastest computer unveiled

    I can see it now...

    On July 4th, 2008 Roadrunner became self aware

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    Re: World's fastest computer unveiled

    don't suppose they let us game on it for a bit?


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    Re: World's fastest computer unveiled

    Quote Originally Posted by astrochimp View Post
    I can see it now...

    On July 4th, 2008 Roadrunner became self aware
    Skynet, Judgement day....Obviously these people don't watch enough movies.


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    Re: World's fastest computer unveiled

    We need that thing folding for the PCP team. We would be in first place in very short order.
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    Re: World's fastest computer unveiled

    Quote Originally Posted by RatboyX View Post
    We need that thing folding for the PCP team. We would be in first place in very short order.
    How true. Team 734 would be in FIRST place world-wide so fast that it would make one's head spin.

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    Re: World's fastest computer unveiled

    Probably not, its only 13k (54k active PS3's) PS3s and 7k Optys. The default PS3 team would probably still win. The PS3 client alone has 1.5 PFlops.

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    Re: World's fastest computer unveiled

    what IS the estimation for operations per second for the human brain Anyways??

    I know it's massively parallel processing..but c'mon 4 Quadrillion operations per Second is Nuts

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    Re: World's fastest computer unveiled

    When working on history? About one operation a week.
    Sex? 12 Quadrillion operations per second. The computer has a LONG way to
    go.


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