IBM supercomputer dual boots Windows and Linux

 

IBM has built the biggest ever dual-boot Windows/Linux HPC system for a consortium of Swedish research groups and universities.

The record-chasing firm will apparently unveil its 5,376 Intel Xeon quad-core processor blade system later on today. Computer World claims the system is able to reach an impressive 46 sustained teraflops on a beta version of Windows HPC Server 2008, with each chip apparently running at 2.5GHz and using 50 watts.

What makes the achievement particularly noteworthy is the fact that it is a relative rarity for an HPC system to be built on Windows rather than exclusively on Linux, which makes up around 85 percent of all HPC systems in the world.

Microsoft has long been interested in catching up with its rivals in the HPC field, and mow it looks like it might finally be making inroads.

The mega computer, which sits in the Umea University, about 680km north of Stockholm, is amongst the top 50 most powerful machines currently in existence.

theinquirer.net (c) 2010 Incisive Media


 
 
 
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