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Supercomputing for a mere $800k

Recent price cuts to IBM's previous-generation supercomputer (the Blue Gene/L) have allowed universities and research institutions to invest in supercomputing technology when they would not otherwise be able to justify the cost.
Written by Christopher Dawson, Contributor on

Recent price cuts to IBM's previous-generation supercomputer (the Blue Gene/L) have allowed universities and research institutions to invest in supercomputing technology when they would not otherwise be able to justify the cost. While the latest-generation supercomputer, the Blue Gene/P is well over twice as fast as the L, according to NetworkWorld,

Richard Marchase, vice president for research and economic development at [The University of Alabama, Birmingham, said,] “For our purposes, the L had plenty of capacity.”

UAB has put it to work in computational biology, while Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Stony Brook have also purchased the $800,000 Ls to augment their research facilities. In contrast, the Blue Gene/P costs about $1.3 million and has only found customers in such groups as the US Department of Energy.

I guess 5.6 trillion operations per second is good enough.

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