IBMs Roadrunner Speeds Toward a Petaflop - A Typical Roadrunner Rack

 
 
By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 2008-05-20 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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IBM turned to mostly commodity parts to create Roadrunner. Here, the blades are arranged inside a typical BladeCenter H chassis, which helps support 180 of the triblades in each rack.

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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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