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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

World's fastest supercomputer by IBM

The world's largest computer company, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) has developed the world's fastest supercomputer and now are in the top place leaving behind Japan's NEC Corp. IBM naming it Blue Gene/L. This supercomputer is eight times faster, and consumes 28 times less power per computation than the present fastest supercomputers and surpassed NEC Corp.'s Earth Simulator Center as the world's most powerful supercomputer. The Blue Gene/L system reaches a speed of 36.01 teraflops, surpassing the top mark of 35.86 teraflops for the Earth Simulator. A teraflop represents one trillion calculations per second. The Blue Gene/L system is about 100th the size of the Earth Simulator and consumers far less power, IBM said. IBM expects that Blue Gene/Lsystem will top the next list of the Top 500 fastest computers, which is compiled and published twice a year by scientists from the University of Tennessee, NERSC/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Mannheim in Germany.