IBMs Roadrunner Speeds Toward a Petaflop - IBMs Tri-blade

By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 2008-05-20 Print this article Print


At the heart of Roadrunner is a special server node that IBM calls a triblade. This specially designed server is made up of two QS22 blades and an LS21 blade.

The New Mexico state bird is the roadrunner, which helps explain the name that IBM bestowed upon the supercomputer it plans to install at New Mexico-based Los Alamos National Laboratory in August. The name is also an allusion to the roadrunner's speed: IBM engineers say they believe that the high-performance supercomputer will become the first to break the petaflop mark-

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