IBMs Roadrunner Speeds Toward a Petaflop - The Voltaire Switch

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


In keeping with its focus on commodity parts, the engineers at Los Alamos requested that IBM use Voltaire InfiniBand switches in the racks.

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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