• SGI releases first new product since bankruptcy, Octane III

    SGI has been quiet as of late, in fact we haven’t heard much since they declared bankruptcy and were bought by Rackable systems back in April. Apparently since then they’ve been waiting for the dust to settle and release a new workstation, the Octane III supercomputer. Read More

  • NEC's updates its supercomputer "Earth Simulator System", breaks record

    NEC today announced that their renewed Earth Simulator System, Japan’s most famous supercomputer, now achieves a peak performance of 131 TFLOPS (131 trillion calculations per second. This is up from the 35 TFLOPS that made the same system the world’s fastet computer back in 2002. Read More

  • NEC's SX-9 supercomputer boasts "fastest standing" in HPC challenge benchmark

    NEC announced yesterday that its SX-9 supercomputer has achieved the world’s fastest standing in the high performance computing (HPC) field [JP] by getting top scores in 19 of 28 sections in the HPC Challenge Benchmark test. The HPC Benchmark is generally accepted as a method of measuring and ranking the world’s supercomputers and consists of seven different tests encompassing… Read More

  • World's new fastest supercomputer runs on AMD and Cell hardware

    Yesterday we noted a test where a stripped-down Cell processor beat the pants off an Intel Core2 Quadro at an h264 transcoding task. Well, now that doesn’t seem so surprising, as the Roadrunner supercomputer built by IBM primarily with Cell processors is now calculating at the rate of one petaflop. That’s a quadrillion operations per second. I never thought I’d see the… Read More