IBM awarded $33m supercomputer contract

IBM awarded $33m supercomputer contract
Tom Foremski IBM says it will use its latest Power 3 microprocessor to build a massive parallel processing supercomputer for the US Department of Energy (DOE) capable of three trillion calculations per second.
The $33m supercomputer will be built in several phases and will eventually have 2,048 Power3 microprocessors. It will be used in DOE’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The NERSC said it is the largest computer system it has ordered so far and is designed to quadruple its computing power. The NERSC conducts work on nuclear explosion simulation but the IBM supercomputer will also be used to study the effects of temperature on magnetic fields. This could have important spin-offs in areas such as computer data storage.


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