“A unique hybrid of Cell BE and AMD Opteron processors, has recorded an official throughput speed above one quadrillion floating point operations per second — one petaflop.”
You may have heard the phrase ‘Cell technology’ being thrown around before the Sony PS3 hit the shelfs. Well, sure enough the same basic architecture is being coupled with AMD Opteron processors to break new records when it comes to supercomputers and processing power.
The article goes on to mention that the tests were conducted last month at a benchmark of 1.026 petaflops. It notes Sun Microsystems has only a few weeks to make a run at there goal set back in June 2007 of 1.7 petaflops. But it looks like the DOE using IBM and AMD have set the bar fairly high.
Take a look at the full article:
DOE supercomputer broke the petaflop barrier, conference acknowledges