The Department of Energy is getting a 10-petaflop supercomputer to help scientists design efficient electric car batteries, understand climate change and unravel cosmic mysteries.
The IBM-built system, nicknamed "Mira," will be operational at Argonne National Laboratory next year. At 10 quadrillion calculations per second, it will be twice as fast as today's fastest supercomputer and 20 times faster than Argonne's current model. If every person in the United States performed one calculation every second, it would take almost a year for them to do as many calculations as Mira will do in one second, according to IBM.
IBM's latest supercomputer crunches numbers at enormous speeds--and will soon be put to use for nuclear warfare
By Matt RansfordPosted 06.12.2008 at 9:56 am 15 Comments
IBM has broken its own record of computer processing speed by pushing its newest supercomputer past the petaflop barrier. The Roadrunner, a massive machine occupying 6,000 square feet of space, this week achieved a peak of 1.026 petaflops, or just over one million billion calculations per second. Just ten years ago, the fastest supercomputer in the world would have taken 20 years to finish a problem the Roadrunner is capable of finishing in a week.