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Second place on the list goes to a system with a max speed of 478.2 teraflops

IBM’s latest supercomputer – Roadrunner -- sits atop the Top500 supercomputers list that will be released at the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany this week.

Its rise to the top of the list comes after it was able to break the petaflop barrier last week. reports that Roadrunner was able to reach 1.026 petaflops, a bit over one quadrillion calculations per second.

The Roadrunner supercomputer dethroned IBM’s own BlueGene/L -- last year’s most powerful supercomputer -- pushing BlueGene/L to the number two spot on the list. BlueGene/L was able to reach 208.6 teraflops last year. This year it more than doubled its performance to 478.2 teraflops, but was still unable to match Roadrunner.

Roadrunner is based on the IBM QA22 blades that use an advanced version of the Cell processor found in the Sony PS3. The processing cores used in the Roadrunner are from AMD and make the machine the world’s first hybrid supercomputer.

Roadrunner is comprised of 278 refrigerator-size server racks and has 6,562 dual-core Opterons. IBM is the manufacturer of 210 of the 500 supercomputers on the Top500 list. Other well known makers with systems making the Top500 list include HP with 183 systems on the list and its top performer taking the number 8 spot on the list.

Sun has its Ranger system on the list at number 4, the Jaguar from Cray is number 5, Encanto from SGI is number 7, and Altix from SGI is number 10. Intel is the dominant processor in the supercomputer market powering 75% of all systems that made the Top500 list and 90% of ranked quad-core processor machines.

DailyTech covered the Roadrunner supercomputer last week.

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Let it begin...
By Bender 123 on 6/18/2008 2:39:07 PM , Rating: 1
I am calling it now... NO "BUT CAN IT RUN CRYSIS" JOKES...Please.

But seriously, this is just amazing, that systems like this are being made and will be the future of research. With enough of these and the networked masses, there is no reason we can not solve many major world issues with this type of power.

RE: Let it begin...
By FuzionMonkey on 6/18/08, Rating: 0
RE: Let it begin...
By ksherman on 6/18/2008 2:44:26 PM , Rating: 5
Gotta say though, these "NO BODY POST ABOUT CRISIS OR @#)&)@#%)(!!!!!!!111" posts are just as annoying..

RE: Let it begin...
By TheDoc9 on 6/18/2008 2:48:28 PM , Rating: 3

RE: Let it begin...
By daftrok on 6/18/2008 4:51:02 PM , Rating: 5
But can it blend?

RE: Let it begin...
By Bender 123 on 6/18/2008 5:39:19 PM , Rating: 4
It will perform 1 TC (Tera-Crush) operations per second, for the smoothest Margarita you will ever experience.

RE: Let it begin...
By ksherman on 6/23/2008 11:49:37 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds good right about now... Maybe a Pomegranate margarita :)

RE: Let it begin...
By Smartless on 6/18/2008 2:56:32 PM , Rating: 3
Can it answer the ultimate question?
(Shhhh it's 42)

RE: Let it begin...
By KristopherKubicki on 6/18/2008 3:25:12 PM , Rating: 2
It knows the answer, but it doesn't know the question.

RE: Let it begin...
By vdig on 6/18/2008 3:27:17 PM , Rating: 3
Now, if you ask Google calculator for the "answer to life, the universe, and everything"....

RE: Let it begin...
By Pythias on 6/19/2008 12:58:55 AM , Rating: 2
What is six times seven, Alex?

RE: Let it begin...
By Drexial on 6/18/2008 3:30:21 PM , Rating: 2
it needs to give us the ultimate question... we already have he answer.

RE: Let it begin...
By someguy123 on 6/18/08, Rating: -1
RE: Let it begin...
By mkruer on 6/18/2008 4:53:42 PM , Rating: 5
I hear that IBM is already planning a new computer called "Wile E. Coyote" that is going to be 100 times faster, though I don't know if it will work correctly. I hear they are outsource most of it the Acme Corporation.

RE: Let it begin...
By Myg on 6/18/2008 6:30:03 PM , Rating: 2
Just wanted to rain on your parade here; how exactly can a computer, even with infinite CPU power solve major world issues?

Not to shamelessly recyle material in this discussion, but I think "Hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy" had it right about the part of knowing the right question to ask.

Heres an example:

You lot can get together and fold for the rest of eternity, but if the design of the program which is doing the folding isnt capable of its job, nor is being adapted constantly to new concepts and ideas (not just basic functionality updates, but real revolutionary theories), ideas conceived by a human brain; its all pointless really. Not to mention, a computer does not understand all the 'givens' we understand between eachother as humans, which can make programming or designing such a system impossible.

On a side note I honestly think all the energy/materials/logistics/EM fields/unaccounted variables used in providing the means (machines) to "fold" actually causes more cancer then the thing will ever cure, not to mention the waste of energy in doing so.

RE: Let it begin...
By ioannis on 6/19/2008 3:07:28 AM , Rating: 2
The answer is, the right tool for the right job...

RE: Let it begin...
By paydirt on 6/19/2008 10:50:00 AM , Rating: 2
OK, how about we just throw up our arms and give up? Nay...

If we can get biology (currently descriptive) to the point of understand that we have with chemistry (predictive), then major scientific breakthrus are possible. With enough crunching power, it is possible. There is no way we can simply think our way (with our brains) to a cure for Alzheimer's or Parkinson's or cures for cancer. We need to combine the latest research with raw computing power.

RE: Let it begin...
By Clauzii on 6/19/2008 12:07:34 AM , Rating: 2
Why even think of Crysis?

This machine will run Crysis 99, sorry :)

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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