1Bubbling on the Top 100
Coming in 2012, Blue Gene/Q will be the latest in IBM’s seminal Blue Gene supercomputing line, which was introduced in 2004. Part of a collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory, IBM and Lawrence Livermore Lab—and the result of a $100 million development effort—Blue Gene was a radical departure from the supercomputers of its time, consuming only a fraction of the energy and floor space.
Blue Gene/Q will also power a 20-petaflop supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Lab to be called “Sequoia.” ??ÃWith all that computing power, meteorologists could predict local weather down to the 100-meter range. For an event like a tornado, that could mean being able to predict the path that the twister takes through a town, allowing for targeted evacuations that save lives.
A prototype of the Blue Gene/Q supercomputer is No. 1 on the Green500 list of the world’s most efficient supercomputers. For every $1 spent on electricity with the No. 2 system on the Green500 list, clients would spend 56 cents on a petascale system based on Blue Gene/Q, which is 77 percent more energy-efficient than the next system on the list.
6Blue Gene Chips
9Blue Gene Achievements
10National Medal of Technology
In September 2009, President Barack Obama recognized IBM and the Blue Gene family of supercomputers with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the country’s most prestigious award given to leading innovators for technological achievement.