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RoadRunner – The first Petaflop Supercomputer - 2008
The world’s fastest supercomputer atLos Alamos National Laboratory is the "petaflop barrier" of 1,000 trillion operations per second. Compared to most traditional supercomputers today, hybrid design of the supercomputer at Los Alamos delivers world-leading energy efficiency, as measured in flops per watt.
Designed by IBM, the world's first"hybrid“supercomputer introduces the use of the IBM PowerXCell™ 8i chip, an enhanced Cell Broadband Engine™ (Cell/B.E.™) chip—originally developed for video game platforms—in conjunction with x86 processors from AMD™. The supercomputer was built for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and is housed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New