Blue Gene blows users away

The IBM team astounded show visitors with the power of its computing solutions yesterday as it talked delegates through its Blue Gene offering.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  September 28, 2005

The IBM team astounded show visitors with the power of its computing solutions yesterday as it talked delegates through its Blue Gene offering. Although Big Blue has only the shell on its stand due to import/export laws, when fitted out with its 1024 computer nodes and 2048 processors the machine is ranked number one among the world’s supercomputers. Costing over US$100 million to develop, Blue Gene is capable of 360 Teraflop floating point operations at a time. IBM’s Blue Gene expert Carl Tengwall says the unit was initially designed to tackle the tricky task of protein folding. However, today’s users come from the science and energy industries. “Blue Gene is used for scientific research, and it is also used by petroleum companies for seismic data processing,” says Tengwall. “As such, it is more than applicable for the region.” To prove just how applicable it is, IBM is expected to welcome representatives from DuBiotech to its stand this morning, as the free zone has signed up for a Blue Gene solution.

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