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Wednesday, 29 September 2010 09:49

New supercomputer from Fujitsu

Written by Nick Farell

K can do 10 petaflops
Fujitsu has begun building a next-generation supercomputer in a Kobe research lab.

Dubbed the "K," the computer is expected to have a 10-petaflop processing speed, performing 10 quadrillion calculations in a second. If it manages this speed it will be the fastest computer in the world and can probably deduce the existence of Taramasalata and predict the ramifications of Craig David before it is even switched on in 2012.

It is being produced through a public-private effort and involves 800 computer racks. It will be used by universities and corporations for R&D in such fields as pharmaceutical development and climate trend analyses. It is uncertain whether the K will actually be the fastest in the world by the time it is ready to be used. IBM  has said it will complete a supercomputer exceeding 10 petaflops in late 2011.

Nick Farell

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-4 #1 Warhead 2010-09-29 10:31
Can we have some benchmark against Crysis please? :D
+4 #2 ogi 2010-09-29 10:35
It might be interesting to note that it's build using Sparc CPUs.
+3 #3 blandead 2010-09-29 12:02
that site quotes

"The Next-Generation Supercomputer will use the ultra-high-speed SPARC64™ VIIIfx processor developed by Fujitsu. Each of these processors possesses a computational performance of 128 gigaflops, and has a degree of reliability inherited from Fujitsu's mainframe technology. The CPUs are also highly energy efficient, with a world-class processing power of 2.2 gigaflops per watt, a reduction of power consumption by 2/3 compared to previous levels.
The supercomputer will comprise of over 80,000 of these processors in an interconnected network (interconnect), utilizing the world's first six-dimensional mesh-torus topology developed by Fujitsu"
+7 #4 thetruth 2010-09-29 13:14
Let me guess, they turn it on in 2012 and it DESTROYS THE WORLD.
-3 #5 iicsus 2010-09-29 18:24
"10 quadrillion calculations in a second" sounds like something my 12-year old cousin would say.
-5 #6 thaad 2010-09-29 22:50
The world now have a major climate changes.. Their have to build a super powerfull computer to predict they luck.

A few year from now.. the world will loose lower land cause by global warming..... So japan will sinking as the pass movie... hmm.. not just Japan..

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