Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Simulator 2 news

Looks like good progress is being made on the new technologies that are expected to bring 10 petaflop computing by the year 2010. The Earth Simulator, deposed a year or two ago from the top of the Top 500 list, comes in around 40 teraflops, which means that the upcoming machine will be faster by a factor of 250. It will be interesting to see if the new machine grabs the top spot as comprehensively as the ES did - when the ES was first switched on, it was 5 times faster than its nearest rival, and it held on to the top spot for more than 2 years.

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