IBM ESERVER LEADS SUPERCOMPUTER LIST WITH MORE THAN 300 SYSTEMS.IDC Ranking Also Shows That IBM eServer This article is about the IBM family of computer servers. For the open access electronic text archive, see EServer.org.
IBM eServer was a family of computer servers from IBM Corporation. p690 Outperforms Sun 15K And HP Superdome, While Using Half As Many Processors
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 the most systems of any vendor on a new list of the world's most powerful supercomputers, nearly doubling the number of machines posted by the second place company -- the combined Hewlett-Packard/Compaq. The "Balanced Rating Benchmark" from International Data Corporation (IDC) also determined that a single 32-way IBM eServer p690 server is more powerful than the Sun Fire 15K The Sun Fire 15K is an enterprise-class server computer from Sun Microsystems. General availability was in January 2002; the last to be shipped was in May 2005. It has been superseded by the Sun Fire E25K. and Hewlett-Packard Superdome, while using only half the number of processors.
The IDC list contains 304 IBM eServer systems, compared with 171 for Hewlett-Packard/Compaq and 89 for Sun Microsystems.
"IBM's success in the supercomputing space is the result of a simple philosophy -- our supercomputers are built to handle the broad spectrum of supercomputing applications for both commercial and technical environments," said David Gelardi, director, IBM eServer benchmarking. "As more businesses turn to supercomputers to handle large data mining and other substantial applications, IBM will be positioned for continued leadership in this important space."
The IBM supercomputers on the list range from single-box systems to massive clusters of 512 computers. At the single-box level, the performance leadership of the 32-way IBM eServer p690 over the 72-way Sun Fire 15K and 64-way HP Superdome machines illustrates the superiority of IBM's game-changing design. The IBM eServer p690 is fueled by the POWER4 microprocessor, the first "server on a chip," containing two one-gigahertz-plus processors, a high-bandwidth system switch, a large memory cache and I/O interface.
The IDC list echoes the results of the TOP500 List of Supercomputers, published twice each year by supercomputing experts Jack Dongarra from 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 Erich Strohmaier and Hans Meuer of 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. (Germany). In the most recent TOP500 List, IBM systems accounted for 160 of the world's 500 most powerful high performance computers -- more than any other vendor.
For the future, IBM has announced that it is building Blue Gene/L -- a 200 teraflop (unit) teraflop - 10^12 flops.
Intel beat Hitachi to the record of 1.06 teraflops, on 04 Dec 1996, unofficially in Beverton, Oregon, using 7264 Pentium Pro chips. supercomputer based on technology under development by IBM Research and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: see Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
(body) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - (LLNL) A research organaisatin operated by the University of California under a contract with the US Department of Energy. . A teraflop equals a trillion calculations per second.