Believe it or not, IBM has eclipsed the world’s fastest super computer (also built by them) and done it with ‘off the shelf parts’. Dubbed The Roadrunner, the $133 million computer is composed of 7,000 dual-core Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Opteron processors, and 13,000 Cell processors jointly designed by IBM and Sony. The Roadrunner will be used by the U.S. Energy Department’s Los Alamos National Laboratory.
By the way, 1,000 Trillion Calculations is better (or not) known as a Petaflop, or 1 quadrillion calculations per second.
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