Super Computer Today
IBMHigh-performance computing leads to high-impact science
Quick: What's 1,327 times 4,922? Well, don't worry about it, but how long do you think it would take you to come up with 6,531,494? A minute? Five minutes? Fifteen? Argonne's new supercomputer, the IBM Blue Gene ® /P, can do that calculation, as well as another five hundred trillion or so, in a mere second.
I talk with ALCF Project Director of the IBM Blue Gene/P 64 Rack, Pete Beckman:
The Blue Gene/P, installed last fall in the new Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), is already one of the world's fastest super-computers. When its expansion is complete, the Blue Gene/P will perform at a speed of 556 trillion FLOPS (or floating point operations per second) and spearhead the move to what computer scientists call "petascale computing.”
Argonne's newly acquired access to petascale-capable hardware, combined with three decades' worth of accumulated scientific expertise, will accelerate high-impact science across the country and allow Argonne to continue its long history of cutting-edge research that broadens scientific horizons, said ALCF Project Director Pete Beckman.
Throughout this issue, you'll learn how the Blue Gene/P and Argonne's other advanced computing resources will transform research in myriad fields, from finding better catalysts to modeling nuclear reactors to enabling us to move around more safely, quickly and cheaply.