Blue Gene/L: The fastest of the fast

At 280.6 teraFLOPS (that’s 280,600,000,000,000 FLOPS, or FLoating-point Operations Per Second, to the uninitiated), IBM’s 65,536-processor Blue Gene/L can truly say, “All your teraFLOPS are belong to us”. For the sake of comparison, your average desktop computer “provides computational performance in the range of a few GFLOPS [approx. 3,000,000,000 FLOPS] – Ed.” (according to Wikipedia). So if you’re thinking of competing with your tricked-out Alienware rig, think again; IBM’s monster machine will leave it in the dust, outperforming it by a factor of nearly 100,000! (Yes, 5 orders of magnitude).



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