IBM Builds New Supercomputer For Brown: 14 Teraflops Of Performance

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IBM and supercomputers go together like beans and rice (or CPUs andmotherboards, for the non-chefs out there), but the company's latest isone of its most impressive to date. Hailed as the most powerfulcomputing system in all of Rhode Island, the multimillion-dollarsupercomputer at Brown's Center for Computation and Visualization is areal token of pride for both the institution and IBM as a company.

It was built to be used by researchers statewide to tackle "grandchallenges" affecting OceanState residents in climate change, education, energy and health. Bothentities will be working with government, universities, hospitals,nonprofit organizations, businessesand other entities in Rhode Island on using the supercomputer, so itcertainly seems as if all that power will be well distributed and usedto benefit a whole heap of people.

So, just how powerful is this thing? It can perform more than 14trillion calculations per second -- nearly 50 times faster than whathad been available at Brown. It operates at a peak performance speed ofmore than 14 teraflops, widely considered to meet supercomputerstandards. Specifically, the machine will be used in genomics thatcould lead to drugs for treating specific diseases suchas cancer; investigation of the mechanics of human and animal movement;exploration of the web of animal life and ocean ecosystems; and studiesof the terrain of planetary bodies, such as Mars. No word on whether ornot it can play Chess, but we're guessing it'd have no troublesidestepping your checkmate attempts if so.


Inside the Supercomputer

The new supercomputer - with a total of 1,440 microprocessors - isbased on three IBM iDataPlex systems, equal to the size of sixrefrigerators; an IBM Cluster 1350; and multiple IBM storage systemsrunning General Parallel File System, supported by IBM Global Services.

Highlights of the system:


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realneil replied on Wed, Nov 25 2009 3:45 PM

Wazoo!

I'm thinking you could run games on it with no problem,.... if you had a decent video card. They could probably afford such a card though.

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