Supercomputing: Mine is Bigger Than Yours

Aron Schatz
November 6, 2004
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The Top 500 list of supercomputers has IBM in the lead. This reminds me of a childish fight between two men. Even the power requirements for these things are expensive. How about on the order of millions of dollars for the power!


In addition, the new speed definitively bested a Japanese system, NEC's Earth Simulator, that has led the Top500 list for two years. The Blue Gene/L lead could increase when the system quadruples in size from its current configuration with 16 racks and more than 16,000 dual-core processors. The improvement will be made by May, IBM says.


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