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IBM Has Plans for a 100 PFlop Supercomputer

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A patent filing details IBM's plans to take the building blocks of the Sequoia supercomputer to a performance level of 100 PFlop/s.

According to the document, which stretches over 649 pages, IBM describes a BlueGene/Q system that is based on 524,288 processing nodes with 16-core PowerPC A2 processors that are able to handle 64 threads each. The system would include almost 8.4 million processing cores that are organized in 512 racks. The targeted performance is a peak of 107 PFlop/s.

The BlueGene/Q Sequoia supercomputer IBM is currently building for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will use about 1.6 million A2 processing cores in 96 racks. The patent claims that each processing node will consume about 30 watts of power, which puts the 107 PFlop/s system at only 15.7 MW. That is rather impressive for a system with more than 8 million CPU cores.

The patent suggests that IBM has big plans with BlueGene/Q and especially its 5D torus network that connects the computing nodes among each other. There was no information when such a 100+ PFlop/s system could become reality. Sequoia is scheduled to go online in 2012 with a peak performance of about 20 PFlop/s.

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    araas , September 9, 2011 9:25 PM
    "Only 15.7 MW" LOL!
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    christop , September 9, 2011 9:16 PM
    IBM'S Watson is crying some where.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2011 12:05 AM
    Can it play Crysis 3... thousand?
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  • 13 Hide
    christop , September 9, 2011 9:16 PM
    IBM'S Watson is crying some where.
  • 21 Hide
    araas , September 9, 2011 9:25 PM
    "Only 15.7 MW" LOL!
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    quangluu96 , September 9, 2011 9:31 PM
    LMAO, i bet it lags in minecraft.
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    cookoy , September 9, 2011 9:56 PM
    on august 10 2011, news came out that IBM drops 10Flop NCSA Supercomputer project because of technical complexity and cost. Now they're going for something 10 times faster. Big Blue going after Big Dream.
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    dragonsqrrl , September 9, 2011 10:09 PM
    "The patent claims that each processing node will consume about 30 watts of power, which puts the 107 PFlop/s system at only 15.7 MW. That is rather impressive for a system with more than 8 million CPU cores."

    That's extremely impressive given the level of peak performance. Many current supercomputers in the 1 Pflop range can consume ~5-10 MW.
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    slabbo , September 9, 2011 10:13 PM
    code named, SKYNET
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    borisof007 , September 9, 2011 10:17 PM
    Doc: "Wait, what did I just say? 1.21 GIGAWATTS?!??!?!"
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    dread_cthulhu , September 9, 2011 10:21 PM
    Wow... 4 threads per core... I daresay hyperthreading quails before this!
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    rosstradamus , September 9, 2011 10:26 PM
    Finally, something that can handle the spec requirements for Battlefield 3
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    Dyseman , September 9, 2011 10:43 PM
    retrigBut can it run Crysis?


    No No No NO! Wrong!

    The CORRECT question is now

    But can it play NON-Remastered Crysis? Psssssh!
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 9, 2011 11:06 PM
    The only thing impressive here is the threads and power consumption. If power wasn't an issue I would like to see a CUDA node of this size.
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    sgtopmobile , September 9, 2011 11:43 PM
    but can it run crysis 2?
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    chickenhoagie , September 9, 2011 11:55 PM
    100 PFLOP/s sounds impressive (although I don't know much about what PFLOP/s exactly refers to) and that is a *** ton of cores..but I'd be more impressed to see that much processing power with way fewer cores. Anyone can add another processor and circuit board to the rack, but improving technology and packing more power into one CPU/board is what its all about. right?
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    razor512 , September 10, 2011 12:03 AM
    That will make a great render farm, Or a batch encoder. Imagine how quickly you can convert 1080p video to 480p for your mobile devices.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2011 12:05 AM
    Can it play Crysis 3... thousand?
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    livebriand , September 10, 2011 12:20 AM
    Damn.... and I though that the i5 2500K was already fast enough... (from what I've seen) This REALLY makes my 1st gen quad i5 750 look shitty, (and 8GB DDR3 1600) even when I upgrade the gpu to a ati 5770 or something...
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 10, 2011 2:41 AM
    Good! Good to see IBM still there trying.
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    jprahman , September 10, 2011 4:23 AM
    livebriandDamn.... and I though that the i5 2500K was already fast enough... (from what I've seen) This REALLY makes my 1st gen quad i5 750 look shitty, (and 8GB DDR3 1600) even when I upgrade the gpu to a ati 5770 or something...


    Yes, some super computers (more as time goes on) do use x86 processors, but the processors used in this planned and current IBM supercomputers use the Power architecture. Keep in mind that the Power architecture is a completely difference beast than x86, designed with with a much different set of goals in mind.
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    eddieroolz , September 10, 2011 6:37 AM
    Considering we're still at 8.12PFLOPS for Fujitsu K, 100PFLOPS is gigantic...
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