IBMs Roadrunner Speeds Toward a Petaflop - Miles and Miles of Cabling

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


In putting together Roadrunner, IBM engineers needed to run miles and miles of fiber-optic cabling to connect the various pieces into one supercomputer. All together, IBM estimated that it used 57 miles of fiber-optic cabling in Roadrunner.

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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