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Fujitsu Ships Parts for the Fastest Supercomputer

Fujitsu is now shipping the first parts to its next-generation supercomputer to the Japanese government-funded RIKEN research institute.

The supercomputer, called K, will have 800 racks with 80,000 Fujitsu SPARC 64 VIIIfx processors running at 2.2GHz.

Fujitsu announced this new processor during May of 2009, and great things are expected of it when it'll be the brains behind what looks to be the world's fastest supercomputer – by a fair margin. The only problem is that the computer isn't set to be up and fully operational until 2012.

The Fujitsu K is projected to be capable of 10 petaflops. Right now, the fastest supercomputer in the world is Cray's Jaguar system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with 1.75 petaflops.

(Source: Cnet.)

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • areszues92
    woah...petaflops
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  • TheStealthyOne
    Please, don't ask if it can play Crysis.
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  • eklipz330
    what would they need all that computing power for?
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  • Tamz_msc
    How much power will it consume?
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  • scook9
    eklipz330what would they need all that computing power for?Things like discovering how the universe works and curing cancer

    Both of which I am ok with
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  • microterf
    I really can't wait to see what uses they have for that much raw power.
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  • meat81
    Tamz_mscHow much power will it consume?
    I am waiting for the first Ass to say "Not more than a GTX 480!"....
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  • d1rtyju1c3
    What a monster. That is over 5x faster than the jaguar. Amazing!
    The Jaguar only beat the IBM roadrunner by .71 petaflop's and that was only after a CPU upgrade.
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  • djackson_dba
    eklipz330what would they need all that computing power for?
    Figuring out how they will pay for all that power draw?
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  • liveonc
    djackson_dbaFiguring out how they will pay for all that power draw?
    Or maybe trying to figure out how they'll pay for the Fujitsu K? ;-)
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