Roadrunner will be installed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. The laboratory is owned by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Eventually the machine could be used for a programme that ensures the US nuclear weapons stockpile remains safe and reliable, the DOE said in a statement.More details at BBC.
Using supercomputers to simulate how nuclear materials age negates arguments for the resumption of underground nuclear testing.
The new machine will be able to achieve "petaflop speeds," said IBM. One petaflop is the equivalent of 1,000 trillion calculations per second. Running at peak speed, it will be able to crunch through 1.6 thousand trillion calculations per second.
IBM to create new supercomputer with Cell processors
Posted on Friday, September 08 2006 @ 13:04 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck