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    Roadrunner Breaks Petaflop Milestone

    Date added: 2008-06-18

    Lead engineer Don Grice of IBM inspects the world's fastest computer in the company's Poughkeepsie, NY plant. The computer nicknamed "Roadrunner" was built for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and will be housed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. IBM engineers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Rochester, Minn., Austin, Texas and Yorktown Heights, N.Y., worked on the computer, the first to break a milestone known as a "petaflop" -- the ability to calculate 1,000-trillion operations every second. The computer packs the power of 100,000 laptops -- a stack 1.5 miles high. Roadrunner will primarily be used to ensure national security, but will also help scientists perform research into energy, astronomy, genetics and climate change.



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    IBM Research Optical Chipset

    Date added: 2007-03-26

    This record-setting prototype optical chipset, created by IBM Research, measures only 1/15th the area of a dime, but is capable of transmitting the equivalent of 4 million simultaneous telephone conversations, or one conversation between every two New York City residents. The chip is capable of transmitting data (which could include movies, music and photo downloads) at an astonishing 160 billion bits per second. At these speeds, a full length high-definition DVD could be downloaded in just a single second. C ompare that to the 5-10 hours or so it takes today over a typical home broadband connection.



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