IBM behind world's most powerful supercomputer
Hewlett-Packard comes in at No. 2 as the US reclaims the lead spots.
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.
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.
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?!?!?
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