IBM are doing it again.

  Forum Editor 08:25 08 Sep 06

Making a supercomputer, but what a supercomputer - running at peak speed, it will be able to crunch through 1.6 thousand trillion calculations per second.

Called 'Roadrunner' the machine uses 16,000 standard processors. Given that the Microsoft licencing agreement only allows you to run Windows XP on one processor at a time it looks as if IBM are in for a hefty operating system bill. I expect they'll be able to negotiate a reasonable discount.

Seriously though, this is one hefty machine, click here

  anskyber 08:35 08 Sep 06

An amazing beast. Pity it does not come with a graphics card.

  lisa02 09:39 08 Sep 06

How many times was Playstation 3 mentioned there?

This is going to be some kit when it's released I can't wait to get mine (that's PS3 not roadrunner).

  DrScott 11:40 08 Sep 06

do such machines use? Unix based stuff?

I wonder, given that there must be some VGA output at some point, how a game would run - I doubt it'd be GPU dependent anymore :)

  Stuartli 15:54 08 Sep 06

Unfortunately my desk is only five foot wide and three foot deep...:-(

There'd be no room for the printer.

  wolfie3000 19:10 08 Sep 06

All that proccessing power and i bet World of warcraft still wont run properly on it :)

  Jim Thing 21:22 09 Sep 06

Perhaps this machine is what IBM's founder had in mind all those years ago when he predicted that there may eventually be a world market for not more than five computers.

  Jim Thing 21:24 09 Sep 06

...or is that just another urban myth?

  1minute 17:16 10 Sep 06

It would make a great crunching pc for WCG!

  GANDALF <|:-)> 17:28 10 Sep 06

One might consider turning it off when not in use to save electricity.


  DieSse 17:29 10 Sep 06

I bet it still can't saddle a horse though ;-))

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