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Los Alamos National Labs has begun taking bids to build the world's fastest supercomputer

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announced yesterday that it has begun taking bids to upgrade its existing computing power and to begin work on building the world’s fastest supercomputer.

The new supercomputer would be tasked with ensuring that the United States nuclear deterrent program remains operational without the need to detonate live nukes underground to ensure they still work. “LANL currently has some of the most limited computational capabilities of all the DOE laboratories. That will change with this new petaflop computer, which will fill an immediate need to increase the lab’s computing capabilities,” New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici said.

The new supercomputer, dubbed "Roadrunner," will operate at 1 petaflop initially with the ability to scale to 2 petaflops as the project is completed and will cost an estimated $900M USD when all is said and done.


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By lemonadesoda on 5/11/2006 10:01:11 AM , Rating: 2
Oh man, I wish I had an edit button. I just found out the "wiki" I was on was a horrible European site where they use a "," for a decimal point. Therefore my power calculations are wrong by a factor of 1000. :?( how embarrasing

Ok multiply my buget by 1000x and you get $4M for the consumer solution. A military one-off would be at least 10x a build your own price, so $40M. Therefore $90M allows a little room for the contractors profit margin :-)))


By Zoomer on 5/11/2006 10:31:35 AM , Rating: 2
Excuse me, that sort of miliatary hardware is supposed to be fail proof. Read: More money to make sure it doesn't fail easily.

Besides, PhysX processors are not GP processors, they may not be able to handle all that is necessary.


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