Supercomputer does one Teraop at US lab

Supercomputer does one Teraop at US lab
Steve Bush A supercomputer capable of a trillion operations per second – one Teraop – is being installed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), part of the US Department of Energy. Based on an IBM RS/6000 SP, the computer will start life at 100Gops, but will be upgraded to a Teraop by the middle of next year. This will make ORNL’s machine seven times faster than its existing Intel powered computer, which was the fastest in the world four years ago. “The latest generation of supercomputers are essential to make progress in solving some of the most challenging scientific and engineering problems,” said Al Trivelpiece, director of ORNL. ORNL has big plans for the supercomputer, aiming to use it for modelling climatic changes, reducing vehicle pollutants and assisting with the human genome project. The Teraop machine will support the development of more comprehensive climate models that include interactions between atmosphere and oceans.


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