NASA just announced their newest supercomputer built in collaboration with SGI and Intel – a Linux cluster.
It’s fast. 42.7 teraflops on 16 nodes. If you want to know that that means, “flops” means “floating point operations per second” – it’s a way of encoding numbers with precision. If you can perform 42.7 teraflops, it means this little baby can do
42,700,000,000,000 floating point operations in just 1 second. (over 42 trillion)
And to think, I’m thinking about getting a faster computer so I can play Doom 3…
The system is a combination of 20 systems, each with 512 processors. To make it truly beautiful – this monstrosity of interconnections manifests itself as one single Linux image.
It outperforms Japan’s Earth Simulator which held the record at 37 teraflops.
You can check out what it looks like at the NASA site – there are some very nice photos.
Also, read their press release if you like.
SGI also has some images available.