IBM behind world's most powerful supercomputer

Hewlett-Packard comes in at No. 2 as the US reclaims the lead spots.

By Benzinga Jun 18, 2012 11:29AM
By Louis Bedigian, Benzinga

After a two-year loss, the U.S. has regained the top spot in supercomputing, thanks to a machine built by IBM (IBM).

The supercomputer -- which can be found at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory -- can produce 16.32 sustained petaflops. According to Computerworld, the ultra-powerful machine is named Sequoia and contains more than 1.57 million compute cores "and relies on architecture and parallelism, and not Moore's Law, to achieve its speeds." 

But Michael Papka, a deputy associate director for computing, environment and life sciences at the Argonne National Laboratory, told Computerworld that we're at a point where "the processors themselves aren't really getting any faster."

"Moore's Law is generally slowing down, and we're (getting higher speeds) by parallelism," Papka explained.

IBM had a lot to celebrate Monday morning. With this technology, the U.S. is the easy world leader in high-performance computing technology. According to Computerworld, the company secured five of the top 10 spots in supercomputing, along with 213 systems out of the 500 on the list.

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), another American tech company, came in at No. 2 with 141 systems on the list.

Meanwhile, Intel (INTC) processors appeared in roughly 75% of the supercomputers on the list. Thirteen percent came from AMD (AMD).

Earlier Monday, IBM announced that it had produced a new water-cooled supercomputer that will consume 40% less energy. Officially dubbed the LRZ "SuperMUC" system, the company said it was built with IBM System x iDataPlex Direct Water Cooled dx360 M4 servers "with more than 150,000 cores to provide a peak performance of up to three petaflops, which is equivalent to the work of more than 110,000 personal computers."

"Put another way, 3 billion people using a pocket calculator would have to perform one million operations per second each to reach equivalent SuperMUC performance," IBM wrote in a company release.

IBM also said that its water-cooling technology, which the company invented, has enabled the system to be built 10 times more compact.

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Jun 18, 2012 1:05PM
No kidding and all along I taught it would be a girly Apple iPad.
Jun 19, 2012 10:03AM

HAH! It's funny how the 'comments' section always degrades. Perhaps it's because those of us who actually WORK to better ourselves and the technology we use often cannot find the TIME to read about new technology. I did find it amusing, however, that a German was lecturing about racism. I actually 'LOL'ed.


Regardless of where the processors are made, the integrated circuit chips, and various componentsthat go into the product, there will never be a substitute for American ingenuity and our ability to get the most from the tools we are provided.


I DO have one burning question, though.



Will it play QUAKE?!?!?



Jun 19, 2012 8:09AM
What I recommend to the echter Yids.  As a Bessarabian German, all I can say is ignore the stinking, rotten, and vile while trash comments. The brainless and racist fools will always be spouting their racist and insane paranoia. It is the sick white trash that led to World War II and the expulsion of thousand of Bessarabian Germans to Kyrgyzstan by Joseph Stalin. We ethnic Germans paid one dear price and the Jews an even greater price. There is one group of people on earth that I truly hate and that group is gutless Nazis and anyone who spouts their philosophy. Imagine murdering unarmed civilians by the millions without remorse. Then that spineless coward Hitler couldn't even face a trial and along with him gutless Himmler.

So if you are an echter Yid, you don't have to respond.  We already know all the wonderful things Jews have done for mankind throughout the ages. We know they have one of the lowest crime rates and highest education rates of any other group of people. I am proud to say that I have deep respect for Jews. Wen a Yid is a echter mensch, dos is all vos is witig!
Jun 18, 2012 4:47PM
We, the United States lead the world in nothing.Most components of this Super computer are made of parts manufactured in Communist China. How can we claim supremeacy in anything when we make nothing. The only arena in which we lead is the  world of pro sports. We have grown men  who are payed millions to play games. We are a decaying country
Jun 18, 2012 7:01PM
I am jewish. Neither I nor the other Jews I know spread politically correct propaganda or white guilt. The Clintons, Obama, Bill Maher, Kieffer Sutherland, Cornel West, and so forth are not jewish either. Look for the culprits in your own back yard. Then thank us Jews for half of all the good stuff you attribute to Whites. And when you need a lawyer or doctor and go to a hebrew gentleman, I mean when you need a good one that didn't get where he is from affirmative action, think about how hard he studied to be able to get where he is and to help you. Shalom.
Jun 18, 2012 2:08PM
Ah the old water cooled 7 year total corrosion/distruction epilogy. [ water/rust ] 2 = X ( not the best solution to the old problem.  Put it in the antartic and you don't need coolant.  LOL 
Jun 18, 2012 2:01PM
So build a fiber optic computer and it should process at the speed of light. But then you wouldn't have a need for petty things like an Intel processor.
Jun 18, 2012 4:50PM
We whites are just amazing.  We're better, and the darkies know it.  It would be nice if more Whites accepted this obvious truth as well, gave up the Jew-induced White Guilt over a simple fact of Nature, stopped listening to racial equality lies from the Jewspapers, and finally resisted being displaced in our own nations.  We conquered the world with our brains, our technology, and our courage, and we are still the engine of World Progress...but that ends when WE do.  We're now less than 10% of the world, and not a single White nation has a replacement birthrate among it's indigenous white population, so we are literally disappearing from the Earth.  We are part of the natural world, and when a species goes into decline, we always look for a corruption or a poison in the environment as the cause.  White Guilt and anti-white jewish media rhetoric are a mental and emotional poison that has made the White Human no longer a viable life form on this planet, given this current society.  We have to stop listening to the social poison of Jewish race-equality and anti-white propaganda.
Jun 18, 2012 3:50PM
Even though these are "American" companies, probably Chinese people designed and built these computers.
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