Supercomputing: Mine is Bigger Than Yours

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Aron Schatz
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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!

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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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