[extropy-chat] IBM's Blue Gene

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Thu Apr 7 23:18:03 UTC 2005

>Royyuru, Head of IBM's Computational Biology Center, leads a team of 35
>researchers in projects ranging from structural biology and protein 
>science to functional
>genomics and systems biology.  A key platform in these endeavors is of 
>course Blue Gene,
>IBM's vaunted supercomputer, which leaped to the head of the 
>500 computer charts
>last Fall. Some time this summer, IBM expects to complete construction of 
>Blue Gene/L
>for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. The machine 
>will have a
>peak speed of 360 Teraflops - a fivefold increase over its current 
>processing speed, as
>released last month.

So -- thereafter, less than two more doublings to petaflop.

As I recall, the 1997 benchmark mentioned in the first edition of THE SPIKE 
was a teraflop. In the revised 2001 edition, I noted that Blue Gene was 
expected to be at petaflop by late 2004. The reality is impressively close.

Damien Broderick

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