Sunday, January 29, 2012

Blue Waters, speeds of a thousand trillion operations a second (a petaflop)

National Petascale Computing Facility at the University of Illinois today, where they’re getting ready to install the Blue Waters supercomputer.  Source

 University of Illinois is hosting Blue Waters, a supercomputer that's supposedly will sustained speeds of a thousand trillion operations a second (a petaflop), With more than four years in development, the project had its start back in 2007 with the backing of the National Science Foundation. IBM worked on Blue Waters for three years until it gave up in August, 2011 due to technical and cost concerns, then old timer Cray took over the project.  Incredible it has more than 235 Cray XE6 cabinets (shown above), using AMD Opteron 6200 processors, and will also utilize more than 30 cabinets of an upcoming C ray XK6 computer with Nvidia Tesla GPUs.   The folks there say it will help study things like the formation of the cosmos, the behavior of hurricanes and tornadoes, and other highly complex systems such as is there any true value of having more than 1000 Facebook friends...

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