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…
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…
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…
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…
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