March 10, 2011

Russians Enter Petaflop Era with Rosatom Super

According to this story from the Russian ITAR-TASS new agency, a 1 Petaflop (peak) supercomputer has been deployed at the Rosatom Nuclear Energy State Corporation in Sarov, Russa. With 780 Teraflops of sustained performance, the system the system would rank as the 12th-fastest supercomputer in the world.

Few details about the system were released, but it appears to be based on the x86 architecture.

Academician Andrei Kokoshin of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Member of the State Duma lower house of parliament and ex-Secretary of the RF Security Council, told Itar-Tass in comment on the information, “The recent introduction of a supercomputer of petaflop class at the Russian Federal nuclear center ‘All-Russian Experimental Physics Research Institute’ in Sarov is a great event in Russia’s science and technology. It is important that this supercomputer is also based on the original products of the development efforts of the experimental physics institute and that this computing system is provided with software, the main components of which have also been devised and adapted by the Institute’s specialists.”

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