Take 19,122 Intel Xeon processors, add 4,808 LSI chips and top off with the worthwhile goal of simulating the non-bonding interactions between atoms, and you’ve got yourself an MDGRAPE-3 Protein Explorer supercomputer.
The new monster box (well, room) was announced Monday by Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Yokohama and Intel and is the first super (duper) computer to be capable of calculating at the petaflop level. That’s one million, billion floating-point operations per second, dontchaknow? Just wait until the PS3 strikes fear into this beast’s quivering tin heart.
-J. Mark Lytle, Digital World Tokyo
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