Alternative Supercomputing or How to Misuse a Computer

July 14, 2016

In 2008, the IBM Roadrunner supercomputer broke the petaflops barrier using the power of the heterogeneous Sony Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor. A year prior, the Cell BE had already made its way into the consumer market as the engine inside the SonyPlaystation 3. The PS3's accelerated design, Linux-capability and low price point... Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Supercomputing’s Golden Age?

April 22, 2013

Compared to overall IT spending, the supercomputing market is quite healthy. Is this the expected evolution of Moore's Law or is it something else entirely? Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Revelations on Roadrunner’s Retirement

April 4, 2013

Following our news report this week on the shuttering of the petaflop pioneer system at Los Alamos National Lab, Roadrunner, we were finally able to snag someone to share on the post-mortem plans for the system, not to mention what some of the considerations were for housing a unique architecture like.... Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Requiem for Roadrunner

April 1, 2013

Over the weekend the IBM Roadrunner, which broke the petascale barrier five years ago, was shuttered in favor of a smaller, more nimble and energy efficient at Los Alamos--Cielo. Before it is dismantled and given a full OS, memory and routing autopsy by LANL researchers, we thought it would be a good time to look back... Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Sony Removes Folding@home Service from PS3

October 22, 2012

After a successful five-year run, Sony is ending its participation with Stanford University's Folding@home project. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

LANL Update: Supers Taken Offline

June 30, 2011

Roadrunner and Cielo have been taken offline due to the excessive smoke and lingering fire threat at Los Alamos National Lab. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Will Roadrunner Be the Cell’s Last Hurrah?

October 27, 2009

The Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos National Lab employed a hybrid Cell-Opteron architecture to be the first system to reach the petaflop milestone. But with the meteoric rise of more powerful general-purpose GPUs, the prospects for more Cell-based supercomputing may be dimming. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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