IBM Computer Speed Record

So yesterday I stumbled across something very interesting. A supercomputer installed at a U.S. Laboratory has just achieved the top speed rating in the word. This effectively stopped Japan’s one-year reign in the number one spot for ranking machines speed crucial for scientific research and national defense.

Scientists in many companies are trying out different hardware approaches to win the bragging rights in scientific computing. Companies that are targeting new computer chips for such supercomputers include Nvidia and Intel. It was however IBM, or International Business Machines Corp whose debut at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that stole the spotlight.

IBM’s system was able to carry out an astounding 16 quadrillion calculations a second. This system displaced K computer, a system made by Japan’s Fuijitsu Ltd.

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