IBM Blue Gene Supercomputer Looks to Break the Petaflop Mark in Europe
IBM, which recently announced that it would build a massive supercomputer capable of 20 petaflops of performance, may set new supercomputing records in Europe when it builds a Blue Gene/P System machine in Germany later in 2009. This water-cooled IBM Blue Gene supercomputer could be the first supercomputer in Europe to break the petaflop barrier. Right now, only IBM's Roadrunner system and Cray's Jaguar supercomputer offer petaflops of performance.IBM is looking to build the first supercomputer in Europe later in 2009 that passes the petaflop barrier, which will make the machine the first high-performance computer on the continent to offer a performance of more than 1 quadrillion calculations per second. On Feb. 10, IBM and the German research center Forschungszentrum Juelich announced that they would build a new Blue Gene/P System supercomputer capable of delivering petaflops of performance.
Right now, the only two supercomputers capable of delivering petaflops of performance are located in the United States. In 2008, IBM finished its Roadrunner system for the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico. This machine was the first to officially break the petaflop barrier and it currently offers a peak performance of 1.105 petaflops, according to the Top 500 Supercomputer list.