Supercomputing List Wears Blue Genes
Life-sciences computing scored well in the latest listing of the world's speediest supercomputers. IBM's Blue Gene/L series found two spots in the top 10 rankings.Life-sciences computing made headway in the TOP500 Projects latest listing of the worlds fastest supercomputers, announced on Sunday at the International Supercomputer Conference in Heidelberg, Germany. This summers list kept the Earth Simulator, built by NEC Corp., in the top spot. But two of IBM Corp.s Blue Gene prototypes, developed to solve biological problems, are now ranked in the top 10. The list is based on a semi-annual survey run by the TOP500 Project, which is sponsored by the German University of Mannheim, the Innovative Computing Laboratory at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center in Berkeley, Calif.
IBMs Blue Gene/L DD1 came in at No. 4, and the Blue Gene/L DD2, grabbed the No. 8 spot. The DD1 system uses over 8,000 PowerPC 440 processors and takes up about as much space as four refrigerators, considerably smaller than other supercomputers. It has a peak speed of 16 teraflops and a sustained speed of 11.68 teraflops.
- The Earth Simulator Centers supercomputer, manufactured by NEC; 5,120 NEC SX processors.
- The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratorys supercomputer, manufactured by California Digital Corp.; 4,096 Intel Itanium 2 processors.
- The Los Alamos National Laboratorys ASCI Q, manufactured by HP; 8,192 Alpha EV68 processors.
- The IBM Thomas Watson Research Centers Blue Gene LDD1 Prototype, manufactured by IBM, 8, 192 PowerPC 440 processors.
- The NCSA Tungsten, manufactured by Dell; 2,500 Pentium 4 Xeon processors.
- European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts supercomputer, manufactured by IBM; 2,112 Power4 processors.
- The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) supercomputer, manufactured by Fujitsu Ltd.; 2,048 Intel Xeon processors.
- The IBM Thomas Watson Research Centers Blue Gene LDD2 Prototype, manufactured by IBM; 4,096 PowerPC 440 processors.
- The Pacific Northwest National Laboratorys supercomputer, manufactured by HP; 1,936 Intel Itanium 2 processors.
- The Shanghai Supercomputer Centers supercomputer, manufactured by Dawning; 2,560 Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Opteron processors.