IBM wins supercomputing bakeoff; Playstation chips rule; Intel dominates HPC

Built by IBM for the NNSA and housed at its Los Alamos National Laboratory, the petaflop-smashing system gets its world-leading power from 12,240 IBM PowerXCell 8i Cell Broadband Engine(TM) processors - derived from chips that power today's most popular videogame consoles. 6,562 AMD Opteron Dual-Core processors perform basic compute functions, freeing the IBM PowerXCell 8i chips for the math-intensive calculations that are their specialty.

This "hybrid" architecture, which optimizes the strength of multiple types of processors, is an IBM hallmark. The design is analogous to that of a hybrid car with similar benefits. For example, if the NNSA supercomputer were built with standard x86 chips alone, the system would have been significantly larger and would have required much more power.

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Pornlord3866d ago

I've been seeing FLOPS a lot lately. I thought it was decided that there isn't much use for that measurement. Oh well, it's an interesting article if you can understand what it is trying to tell you. I got a lost a few times and had to look up things :)

PimpHandHappy3866d ago (Edited 3866d ago )

its all greek to me

im a computer idiot