IBM Explores Exascale Computer System For 2024

The SKA is currently developed as a project to result in the world's largest telescope to investigate the origins of the universe. According to current plans, the SKA would include 3,000 45-foot wide dish antennas that are spread over a surface area that is more than 3,000 km or 1,860 miles wide and would either reach from South Africa to the Indian Ocean islands or from Australia to New Zealand. The combined data collecting area of all dishes is about 1 square kilometer (0.30 square miles), which gives the system its name.

IBM says that the a single 1 square kilometer beam of the SKA will deliver "a few exabytes" of data every day, which is 10 to 100 times more than the annual data production of the LHC at CERN and more than the capacity of 15 million 64 GB iPods. After processing, about 300 to 1,500 PB of data will need to stored annually.

An exascale computer system will be required to handle the data processing when the system is projected to go online in 2024. A final decision if, when and where the SKA will be built is expected to be made this year. Companies such as Intel and IBM have said that exascale system may be available in the 2020 time frame. The world's fastest supercomputer currently is just above 10 PFlops of performance, while IBM has laid out plans for a 100 PFlops system with more than 8.3 million processing cores. Exascale systems are predicted to integrate more than 100 million processing cores.

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  • amk-aka-Phantom
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    more than the capacity of 15 million 64 GB iPods.


    Thanks Tom's, but we do NOT need analogies for idiots here. We know what's an exabyte and that it's a lot of data. I always perceived these labels on optical disks that say how many minutes of music they can hold as made for clueless "average customers" who are not familiar with data storage units and I find the above comparison to be of the same type.

    Well, this website's audience does NOT consist of such people last I checked. We do NOT need your crappy iPod comparisons.

    /rant over
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  • fuzznarf
    kingiusPROVE it. ....So the United States nearly went bust but this tremendous waste of money should ensure that it definitely does.I've got an idea for you, sit back, you may find it revolutionary. STOP WASTING MONEY!


    680 billion spent on Nasa in its lifetime....
    Benefits to humanity from nasa = http://www.nasa.gov/50th/50th_magazine/benefits.html
    http://www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/apollo.htm
    http://www.abakaninc.com/media/NASA_SpinOff_MesoCoat_2010.pdf

    8 Trillion spent on "The War on Poverty' in the US alone.....
    Benefits from the war on poverty = a broken black family, millions dependent on the system. record levels of unemployment in the inner city, crime, lower education scores, etc.....

    I prefer my dollars going towards knowledge and research. Unfortunately, you can't force someone to learn, you are proof ;)
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  • devBunny
    "more than the capacity of 15 million 64 GB iPods"

    iPod? I've never even seen one, let alone have a handle on what (n * iPods) means. ;-P

    Tell me how many British Libraries it is, or how many Wikipedias or even how many Rocky sequels in HD 4K. Then we'll be talking! ;o)
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  • eklerus
    Please explore the origins of poverty world hunger and fix them please, aliens like their privacy ^^
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Quote:
    more than the capacity of 15 million 64 GB iPods.


    Thanks Tom's, but we do NOT need analogies for idiots here. We know what's an exabyte and that it's a lot of data. I always perceived these labels on optical disks that say how many minutes of music they can hold as made for clueless "average customers" who are not familiar with data storage units and I find the above comparison to be of the same type.

    Well, this website's audience does NOT consist of such people last I checked. We do NOT need your crappy iPod comparisons.

    /rant over
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  • fuzznarf
    eklerusPlease explore the origins of poverty world hunger and fix them please, aliens like their privacy ^^

    Or you could be content with them spending THEIR money on what they want while also benefiting our knowledge of the universe and our existence, thus improving mankind.While they are doing that, you can explore the origins of poverty with your money.
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