Saturday, September 09, 2006
IBM To Build SuperComputer Based On PS3 Cell Chips.
IBM this week announced that it will develop a supercomputer for The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration that will harness the power of the Cell Broadband Engine.
The Cell processor was developed in collaboration with IBM, Sony Corp., and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. to be employed in the new PS3 computer entertainment system.
The supercomputer will be designed to tackle scientific and commercial applications and will utilize 16,000 Cell B.E. processors and 16,000 AMD Opteron processor cores.
"This new supercomputer demonstrates a commitment to achieve a major advance in technological capability that will help enable scientists and businesses solve the most challenging problems," said Bill Zeitler, senior vice president, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "Los Alamos is a valued partner as we embark on this exciting journey".
IBM will begin shipping the new supercomputer to the Department of Energy later this year.