John Markoff, from the New York Times, wrote today a story about the new japanese supercomputer which is installed at the Earth Simulator Research and Development Center in Yokohama.
In fact, this supercomputer has now been working for more than a month.
Here are more information about this new system from NEC:
- cost of development: $350 million to $400 million
- 640 nodes (64 GFLOPS/node, 5,120 CPUs in total), each of which consists of eight vector processors (8 GFLOPS/CPU), and achieves the peak performance of 40 TFLOPS (40 trillion floating-point operations per second)
- the system already achieved a computing speed of 35.6 TFLOPS, or about 87 percent of its theoretical peak speed, which is remarkable
- 16GB main memory capacity for the shared memory of a computing node, and 10TB for the whole system
- floor space: 4 tennis courts
You can read the NEC press release here dated March 8, 2002.
Here is a rendering of the computer room.
And here is a chart showing the evolution of High Speed Computer Performance since the Cray-1.
Sources: John Markoff, The New York Times, Apr. 20, 2002 (Free registration required); NEC Corporation Press release; the Earth Simulator Web site
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