IBMs Roadrunner Speeds Toward a Petaflop - IBMs Tri-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-
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.