• on Computer/Software/Internet
  • Published in issue 4/2009 on page 40
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A Supercomputer on your Desk

Dream or Reality?

A Supercomputer on your Desk

1105 Teraflops! Behind this strange term there hides a record, one that’s been held by Roadrunner, the world’s fastest computer, since June 2008. Built by IBM for the US Department of Energy at the National Laboratory in Los Alamos, it beats the previous record of 839 Teraflops held by the NEC SX9 since late 2007. Maybe soon, owning a supercomputer at home will no longer be just a dream. Indeed, inventive solutions enabling a wider public to have access to enormous computing powers do already exist…

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