Russian Company Developing 10 Petaflop Supercomputer

A Russian company is in the middle of building a 10 petaflop supercomputer for the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University.

According to an article on Computer World, T-Platforms, which has built several large systems for the country, is working on a 10 petaflop behemoth.

A lot of countries like the US, China and some European countries are busy forging their way in supercomputer technology to become the first one to create the first exascale supercomputer. An exascale is equal to 1,000 petaflops.

The supercomputer being built by T-Platforms will be cooled by water and expected to be completed by the end of 2013. The company plans to use chips designed by Intel and Nvidia. T-Platforms said it would use Intel's MIC chips if they are completed on time.

Experts claim that the high performance market is an evolving one that will require a lot of research and development and investment by countries looking to develop an exascale computer.

One thing is certain though, countries like China, Russia and some in Europe don't want to rely on US technology for making their supercomputers and are planning to develop their own instead.