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  • Ken Warner
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080609/news_1n9computer.html SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. military supercomputer, assembled from components originally
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 9, 2008
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      http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080609/news_1n9computer.html

      SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. military supercomputer, assembled from components
      originally designed for video game machines, has reached a long-sought-after
      computing milestone by processing more than 1.026 quadrillion calculations per
      second.
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      Roadrunner is based on a radical design that includes 12,960 chips that are an
      improved version of an IBM Cell microprocessor, a parallel processing chip
      originally created for Sony's PlayStation 3 game console. The Sony chips are
      used as accelerators, or turbochargers, for portions of calculations.

      Roadrunner also includes a smaller number of more conventional Opteron
      processors, made by Advanced Micro Devices, which are already widely used in
      corporate servers.

      “Roadrunner tells us about what will happen in the next decade,” said Horst
      Simon, associate laboratory director for computer science at the Lawrence
      Berkeley National Laboratory. “Technology is coming from the consumer
      electronics market, and the innovation is happening first in terms of cell
      phones and embedded electronics.”
    • Bernhard Vogl
      ... As usual, Helmut is ahead of its time. The PowerXCell 8i is shipped by IBM appox. since mid. of May and gives Helmut s efforts a new dimension :-) See:
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 9, 2008
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        Ken Warner schrieb:
        > http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080609/news_1n9computer.html
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        As usual, Helmut is ahead of its time.
        The PowerXCell 8i is shipped by IBM appox. since mid. of May and gives
        Helmut's efforts a new dimension :-)
        See:
        http://www.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/hardware/servers/qs22/index.html
        or read this German announcment with a picture and some background
        information:
        http://www.heise.de/newsticker/IBM-kuendigt-HPC-Blade-QS22-mit-Cell-Derivat-PowerXCell-8i-an--/meldung/107850/

        Best regards
        Bernhard
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