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IBM releases a follow up of Deep Blue.
Nicknamed Blue Gene it operates by 1 Quadrillion Ops per second (one peta flop) and is a thousand times faster than Deep Blue.
The computer will be used for modelling human proteins: to be exactly the folding of human proteins. A source for human deseases. So this unraveling of the code can help farmaceutic laboratories to develop medicins.
architecture of the machine is called SMASH (Simple, Many And Self
Healing. It is designed to reduce the number of instructions for a
particular processor to speed up processing.
But that last aspect is nothing new.
price: USD 100.000.000 (1999)
> 1.000.000 processors
One Quadrillion (2) operations per second or 1.000.000.000 Megaflops (500.000.000 for a high end PC 1999)
8.000.000 computation threads, appr 222 m2 foot print
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Footnotes & References
|1||PC magazine feb 8 2000|
|2||The Latin prefix represents the power of a million, thus a billion is 1,000,000,000,000 (10^12) and a quadrillion is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10^24). (http://www.quadrillion.com/number.shtm)to see this expressed in US pennies, have a look here: http://www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/seventeen.asp|