I.B.M. Supercomputer Sets World Record for Speed

September 28, 2004 | Source: New York Times

IBM’s BlueGene/L supercomputer has surpassed the Earth Simulator as the world’s fastest supercomputer by attaining a sustained performance of 36.01 teraflops, eclipsing the top mark of 35.86 teraflops reached in 2002 by the Earth Simulator.

BlueGene/L is only one-hundredth the physical size of the Earth Simulator and consumes one twenty-eighth the power per computation, the company said.

The BlueGene/L will have wide commercial applications, first in the petroleum and biotechnology industries, and is scheduled to be installed early next year at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.