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Cell will animate the 1 petaflops super monster



Cell will animate the 1 petaflops super monster


Armonk (USA) – IBM will marry AMD’s Opteron processors with its Cell chips to create what is expected to be the most powerful supercomputer in the world.

According to the project, the new monster will reach a computing power of 1 petaflops (1,000 teraflops) and will be used by the American Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for research and simulations in the field of nuclerare .

The most interesting feature of the new supercomputer, whose work will begin as early as this month, will be its own hybrid architecture capable of accommodating both AMD server processors and Cell CPUs very similar to those used by Sony in the upcoming PlayStation 3. In particular, the Cell processors they can be dynamically reconfigured as co-processors specializing in certain types of computation, making IBM’s supercomputer unusually flexible for these types of systems.

Big Blue plans to complete construction of the supercomputer by the first half of 2007.