PC World published a report about Tera, a new supercomputer that should hit a peak performance of 1.25 petaflops later this year. The system was designed by French server and services company Bull for the French Atomic Energy Authority (CEA), it will be used to conduct virtual atomic weapon tests to ensure the relability of the French nuclear arsenal.
The machine will be used to simulate nuclear weapons, allowing the French armed forces to ensure the reliability of their nuclear deterrent without conducting live tests, the CEA said.
The Tera 100 contains 140,000 Intel Xeon 7500 processor cores and 300TB of memory, while the file system will have a throughput of 500GB/s and total storage of 20PB, Bull said.
If Bull attains its performance target, it will likely make Tera 100, as the computer is known, the most powerful in Europe, ahead of an IBM computer called Jugene at the Jülich research center in Germany.