IBMs Roadrunner Speeds Toward a Petaflop - The AMD-Based LS21

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


The LS21 blades use dual-core processors from AMD. This part of the machine handles the more basic computing, while the Cell-based servers are used to speed up the applications when needed.

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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