IBM DELIVERS WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL UNCLASSIFIED SUPERCOMPUTER, AIMING FOR BREAKTHROUGH IN FUEL-EFFICIENT AUTOMOBILES.IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) has delivered the world's most powerful unclassified un·clas·si·fied
1. Not placed or included in a class or category: unclassified mail.
2. supercomputer, which will conduct the basic scientific research that may lead to breakthroughs in fuel-efficient automobiles.
The announcement came as IBM captured the number one ranking on an independent list of the world's fastest computers, issued recently at the Supercomputing 2001 Conference in Heidelberg, Germany.
The top unclassified machine, capable of a theoretical peak of 3.8 trillion calculations per second, is an IBM supercomputer that will be used by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, or NERSC for short, is a designated user facility operated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Department of Energy. (NERSC NERSC National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (new name)
NERSC Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (Bergen, Norway)
NERSC National Energy Research Supercomputer Center ) in California for a wide range of sophisticated research projects, such as simulating internal engine combustion. This research may lead to automobile engines that consume less gasoline and emit fewer pollutants. Scientists believe such next-generation engines could result in annual savings of more than $30 billion in energy-related costs in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. alone.
The IBM machine at NERSC is the second most powerful supercomputer in the world, after IBM's classified ASCI White See ASC White. system.
The NERSC announcement highlights IBM's dominance of The TOP500 List(1), published today by researchers at the University of Tennessee The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. and the University of Mannheim The University of Mannheim is one of the younger German universities. Though it sees its roots back to the Kurpfälzische Akademie der Wissenschaften of 1763, the actual university was founded in 1907 as college for economics. in Germany. The list, which ranks the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world, illustrates in dramatic terms IBM's leadership in the high performance computing space:
-- IBM has 201 systems on the list, more than any other vendor and an increase of 40 percent from one year ago. By contrast, the number two vendor, Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) is an American vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded on 24 February 1982. has 81 systems on the list, down 33 percent from one year ago.
-- IBM has the two most powerful supercomputers on the list -- the classified ASCI White at Lawrence Livermore Lawrence Livermore may refer to:
Address: Urbana, IL, USA.
-- IBM has six of the top 10 most powerful machines, and 20 of the top 50; while Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard do not have a single system in the top 50.
-- IBM systems on the list account for a total of more than 46 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second) of processing power, nearly five times the total power of Sun systems on the list.
"We're proud to have the world's top supercomputer for unclassified research," said Bill Kramer, deputy director of NERSC. "But more importantly, we're fulfilling our mission to provide Department of Energy scientists with the tools to advance scientific research in many disciplines."
IBM also demonstrated leadership on a separate list of cluster-based supercomputers issued by the compilers of the TOP500 list. IBM has three of the top 10 clustered supercomputers, more than any vendor, according to the Clusters@TOP500 list.(2)
The latest TOP500 List continues to underscore an important trend: the emerging number of supercomputers used in business applications. Nearly half of the systems on the TOP500 -- 236 -- are used for business applications. Of the elite top ten business supercomputers in the world, seven are IBM SPs.
"IBM has extended its supercomputing leadership by designing systems that are equally at home running huge Websites as they are solving complex scientific problems," said Surjit Chana, IBM vice president, high performance computing. "IBM will continue to deliver the kind of supercomputing technology that will help solve the most challenging problems of business, engineering and science."
The use of supercomputers by commercial businesses has increased dramatically since "Deep Blue," an IBM SP, defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. In fact, over the past three years more than half of IBM sales of new supercomputers have been to customers that use them as commercial Web-hosting servers. More and more businesses are recognizing the IBM SP's power and virtually unlimited scalability, traits that have been utilized for years by the scientific and technical communities for groundbreaking work in forecasting weather, biomedical research and nuclear test simulation.