After clocking an astounding 1.026 petaflops per second IBM’s Roadrunner was all set to become the world’s fastest supercomputer and the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden finally made it official.
Working almost twice as fast as the previous fastest super computer, the IBM Roadrunner uses a combination of Cell chips and AMD Opteron processors.
The combination of cell chips with AMD Opteron processors allows the super computer to save power, making it one of the most energy efficient supercomputers that exist.
The cell chips used in the Roadrunner is the same as that used inside the Sony Playstation 3.
Sony had developed the cell technology with IBM and Toshiba and IBM’s Roadrunner supercomputer is amongst the first supercomputers to use them.