International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) Is Partnering With GENCI To Develop Exascale Computing Systems
The dream of exascale computers could become a reality sooner than anticipated. International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) is putting itself in the exascale computing challenge and has partnered with GENCI to back its efforts. Exascale computers are extremely powerful and can perform a billion billion calculations in just one second.
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) is pairing with GENCI, a French computing agency, to develop exascale computers. The partners understand the challenge ahead of them and will be gradually working their way up to exascale computing power over time. In other words, IBM and GENCI are not promising that they will immediately turn up with an exascale computer when they first get down to work. Instead, they will be taking a step-by-step approach as they lay the ground for the ultimate exascale computing engine.
Target is 2023
It is predicted that the earliest that exascale computer can become a reality will be by 2023. When compared to the most powerful computers today, the petabyte scale computers, exascale computers are a thousand times more powerful than them. They are capable of doing at least one exaflop in single second, which equals to a billion billion calculations per second. Petabyte scale computers were first introduced in 2008.
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has an interesting way of comparing today’s fastest computers with exascale systems. The company says that a Petabyte scale computer can be likened to a car doing between 10 and 33 miles per hour. On the other hand, exascale computers are able to do 1000 miles per hour. Such is how fast they are, and IBM hopes exascale systems can be here sooner than expected if the work starts early enough.
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) and GENCI have unique capabilities that they are hoping to pair as they get down to start to develop exascale systems. The partners will initially start developing systems that can do over 100 petaflops and gradually scale up until they reach exascale. The IBM/GENCI partnership is expected to run for 18 months or more.
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