IBM Power3 for US DoE

IBM Power3 for US DoE
Tom Foremski IBM says it will use its latest Power3 microprocessor to build a massive parallel processing supercomputer for the US Department of Energy (DoE), capable of three trillion calculations per second. The $33m computer will be built in several phases and will eventually comprise 2,048 Power3 processors. The DoE said it is the largest computer system it has ordered so far and is designed to quadruple its computing resources. The DoE conducts work on nuclear explosion simulation but the IBM parallel computer 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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