Inside the world's top supercomputer: pics

Inside the world's top supercomputer: pics

Summary: Japan's K Computer took first place as the top-performing supercomputer in the world as determined by the Top500 Supercomputing List.


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  • (Credit: Riken)

    The pieces of the K Computer.

  • (Credit: Riken)

    The K Computer uses a "SPARC64 VIIIfx" CPU designed and developed by Fujitsu using 45-nanometre process technology. The chips (80,000 of them) are expected to be housed in the completed project, which is expected to top the 10 petaflop barrier.

  • (Credit: Riken)

    Six I/O system boards are installed in each rack. Each board contains 4 SPARC64 VIIIfx CPUs with eight cores integrated into each chip. The board delivers a performance to power ratio of 2.2 gigaflops per watt.

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