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World’s Fastest Computer Launched by Fujitsu called, PRIMEHPC FX10 Supercomputer

Nov 7, 2011 by     7 Comments    Posted under: Tech Stuff

imageSupercomputer called "PRIMEHPC FX10" is launched today in Tokyo Japan by Fujitsu to confirm that it is now available globally. This super-high speed device as disclosed in news, is capable of scaling to a top theoretical processing performance of 23.2 petaflops, that is double the high speed than the previously announced by Riken and Fujitsu the "K Computer", last November 2, of 10.51 petaflops. That means, the PRIMEHPC FX10 supercomputer system can be scaled up to a 1,024 rack configuration which comprise of more than a hundred thousand interconnected CPUs.

With this development, it is said the new system has the potential to address societal challenges: from drug development, disaster prevention and mitigation, other measures for safe and secure society. The possibility can also extend up to cutting-edge research, development and manufacturing of new materials without the need to make prototypes. Companies as well can take advantage to increase their competitive edge.

About Peta-Flop

A petaflop is a measure of a computer’s processing speed and can be expressed as a quadrillion floating point operations per second.

What is FLOPS? (Floating-point operation) or FLOPS are floating-point operations per second. Floating-point is considered to be a method of encoding real numbers within the limits of finite precision available on computers.

1. Hardware

Node Theoretical computational performance 236.5GFLOPS
Processor SPARC64™ IXfx (1.848GHz, 16 cores) × 1
Memory capacity 32GB, 64GB
Memory bandwidth 85GB/s
Inter-node transfer rate 5GB/s × 2 (bidirectional) / link
System No. racks 4 ~ 1,024
Nodes 384 ~ 98,304
Theoretical computational performance 90.8 ~ 23,248TFLOPS
Total memory 12 ~ 6,291TB
Interconnect "Tofu" Interconnect
Cooling Method Direct water cooling + air cooling (Optional: Exhaust cooling unit)

2. Software (Source Fujitsu)


The new system is highly compatible with the "K computer" supercomputer, it is currently under the joint development between RIKEN and Fujitsu. The new system will be available worldwide and will start shipping on January 2012 (Source: Fujitsu).

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