IBM has a challenger in the race to deliver the world's fastest Linux-based supercomputer. A day after the U.S. company said it had received an order for what stands to be the fastest such machine, Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. has announced an order for a faster machine that it expects to put into service at about the same time.
The Fujitsu computing cluster will contain 2,048 as-yet-unidentified processors and stands to deliver a peak performance of 12.4 trillion FLOPS (floating point operations per second), the company said in a statement on Thursday. Fujitsu received the order from Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Riken), a governmental research organization that will use the computer mainly in biotechnology research, and delivery is scheduled for March 2004.
Video - The Road to PetaFlop Computing
Explore the Scalable Unit concept where multiple clusters of various sizes can be rapidly built and deployed into production. This new architectural approach yields many subtle benefits to dramatically lower total cost of ownership.
White Paper - Optimized HPC Performance
Multi-core processors provide a unique set of challenges and opportunities for the HPC market. Discover MPI strategies for the Next-Generation Quad-Core Processors.
Appro and the Three National Laboratories
[Appro delivers a new breed of highly scalable, dynamic, reliable and effective Linux clusters to create the next generation of supercomputers for the National Laboratories.