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It is at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and is capable of a whopping 17,590 teraflops.
The first time Teraflops performance was achieved was in 1996, on the ASCI Red Supercomputer built by Intel for the Sandia National Laboratory.
Bottom line: A teraflop lab computer is feasible today, as the programmable NVIDIA GeForce 8 and Quadro family of graphics cards are available now, Tesla cards will be shipping, and exciting many-core architectures are on the horizon from a number of vendors.
7 teraFLOPS," said Erich Strohmaier, computer scientist at NERSC/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and co-founder of the TOP 500 list.
3 teraflops (trillions of operations/second) -- exceeding the performance requirements of IBM's pioneering contract with the DOE by 23 percent.
SiCortex, the first company to engineer a Linux cluster from the silicon up, is dedicated to the spread of open teraflop computing to a wide variety of users by providing "Teraflops from Milliwatts.
Tera's SWEEP3D performance results predict an MTA system with 128 processors and a peak of about 100 gigaflops would outperform a 9,000 processor Intel-based system with a peak of more than 1 teraflop.
Today, teraflop computing capability is largely reserved for the supercomputing space.
The 100 teraflop ASCI Purple system will be powered by 12,544 POWER5 microprocessors, IBM's next generation microprocessor.
The larger significance of these rankings is that we have demonstrated that a single university lab can achieve terascale performance," added Matsuoka, referring to systems capable of performing a teraflop, or one trillion floating point operations per second.
The North Carolina Supercomputer Center in IBM's stomping grounds of Research Triangle Park (that's where IBM builds its PCs and Netfinity servers) is paying $20m to acquire an SP configuration that will eventually grow to support a teraflop of processing power.
For the future, IBM has announced that it is building Blue Gene/L -- a 200 teraflop supercomputer based on technology under development by IBM Research and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The lab currently has a 5 teraflop supercomputer, or one that can run five trillion operations per second, located in Berkeley.
Breakthrough in Cluster Design to Make Teraflop Computing Ubiquitous
47 TeraFLOP TSUBAME Cluster Sets New Record as the First Accelerated Cluster in the Top500