IBM revs Blue Gene Supercomputer

IBM this week offered a preview of its upcoming Blue Gene/L supercomputer, a working prototype the size of a 30-inch television but capable of
supporting 512 nodes.

Taking up just a half-rack of space, the unit has a peak performance of 2 teraflops and has a sustained performance of 1.4 teraflops. The prototype
requires no more power than what is available in a typical home, according to an IBM spokesman.

The full-blown version of Blue Gene/L, scheduled to be delivered to the Lawrence Livermore Labs in 2005, will support 65,000 nodes in a 64-rack
configuration and reportedly will have a peak performance of 360 teraflops.