March 11, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) The worlds fastest supercomputer, Blue Gene/L, is now the worlds fastest supercomputer times 2. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory computer which has been running a 32,000 processor system added another 32,000 processors worth of power since 3 weeks ago.
Ranked as the fastest supercomputer in the world, IBM's prototype was benchmarked at 70.72 trillion calculations per second, or teraflops, using the Linpack benchmark, which puts the system through a series of mathematical calculations. NASA's 10,240-processor "Columbia" supercomputer has been benchmarked at 51.87 teraflops.
By June, IBM expects the Blue Gene/L will be a 130,000-processor system with a theoretical peak performance of 360 teraflops.
In the market for a supercomputer? IBM sells a 5.7 teraflop single-rack version of the system, called the eServer Blue Gene Solution. The San Diego Supercomputer Center and the University of Edinburgh are among IBMs supercomputer clients.