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Friday, September 03, 2004

The MDGRAPE-3 Will Now Reach 1.4 Petaflops in 2006
The specifications of the MDGRAPE-3 have evolved since October 2003, when I wrote "Protein Explorer, the First Petaflop System." This system, which will be operational in 2006, will contain 6,144 processors instead of 5,120. And each chip, now running at 350 MHz, will have a peak speed of about 230 gigaflops, with 20 pipelines being able to compute 33 floating-point operations per cycle. This will bring the total power of the full system to an astounding 1.4 teraflops.

But please note that this is a specialized system, designed exclusively for molecular dynamics calculations and simulations at the RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center, based in Yokohama, Japan. The whole machine will not be very big, with only 32 standard 19-inch racks. Each rack will contain 16 boards hosting 12 chips each.

CNET News.com gives more details in "Japan designers shoot for supercomputer on a chip." Read more in this updated overview of the first petaflop system to come.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 7:20 AM Comments (0)
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