Thursday, June 28, 2007

IBM - The king of supercomputing

If you have ever wondered which computer is the fastest then check the Top 500 web site. Some may be surprised to see IBM on the top of the list with BlueGene/L system. Reading about the configuration of the this beast makes computers I use like wind-up toys.

For example, "1,024 gigabit-per-second links to a global parallel file system to support fast input/output to disk" while I am tinkering with RAID 5 ...

On the rest of the list you can find usual suspects like Cray, SGI, SUN and other.

It is nice to see that there are systems from this list are located in New Zealand - University of Canterbury that is pumping out 2.8 GFlops.

It would be nice to have ArcGIS running on that...

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