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IBM Unveils Blue Gene/Q Supercomputer Capable of 100 Petaflops

Third generation of Blue Gene, the Blue Gene/Q (BGQ) supercomputer, has been unveiled by IBM. The BGQ runs on 16 multi-processing core technology and is capable of delivering performance of up to 100 petaflops.

IBM launched BGQ at SC11, an international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. In the conference Jim Herring, director of STG HPC in IBM claimed that this new system is most energy efficient as well as reliable in the entire Blue Gene line-up of systems.

BGQ has already acquired the number one position in the TOP500 green machine list because it can produce up to 2 gigaflops every watt, reported EE Times (opens in new tab).

This latest supercomputer has been designed by IBM to have low requirement of power and also small footprint. BGQ is based on an open source along with standards -based operating environment.

The full rack of BGQ has 1024 nodes or simply 16K cores and the company clarified that there is an additional core in the system to power administrative functions of the operating system.

Latest and unique feature of this new Blue Gene product is that it has 5D Torus that uses fibre optics for "server-to-server communication" at the speed of up to 40 gigabits every second.

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