IBM Contracted to Build 3 Petaflop Supercomputer

IBM has announced plans to build a supercomputer for Germany’s Bavarian Academy of Science. The company will construct a Build 3 Petaflop supercomputer that will use 14,000 Intel Xeon processors running in IBM System x iDataPlex servers. 

Dubbed the SuperMUC, the world’s potentially most powerful supercomputer will be run by the academy’s Leibniz Supercomputing Centre and will be available for the European research community, says Fudzilla. SuperMUC will also use IBM’s new Aquasar cooling technology, PCWorld reports. The system uses hot water to cool the processors, which IBM claims can cut cooling electricity by 40 percent. IBM hopes to have the system online by 2012.

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