16 petaflops IBM Supercomputer Wins Speed Record – WSJ.com

IBM Supercomputer Wins Speed Record – WSJ.com.

“IBM’s Sequoia system was able to carry out 16 quadrillion calculations a second, or petaflops, according to a benchmark used to compile a semiannual list of the world’s 500 most powerful computers”

“IBM’s system at Lawrence Livermore, by contrast [to x86-based systems], is based on a design called Blue Gene/Q that uses new chips the company designed itself to boost performance while saving energy. Each has 16 processors, based on a technology called Power that long has been used in the company’s servers.”

IBM Supercomputing infographic


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