Fastest computer in the world
The fastest computer in the world is now the IBM RS/6000 ASCI White, which was developed by IBM on behalf of the American government. In the supercomputer, a total of 8192 processors in 512 computer units, each with 16 IBM Power3-III CPUs, are combined into a system via high-performance switches. The computing power should be 12.3 teraflops.
That is 12 times more than Europe's fastest supercomputer recently in Leibniz in Munich -Institute has started operations. The supercomputer from IBM has a working memory of 6.2 terabytes and a hard disk capacity of 160 terabytes and cost a whopping 110 million dollars. IBM's RS/6000 ASCI White is 1000 times as fast as Deep Blue, who defeated chess genius Kasparov in 1997. To build the fastest computer in the world, an area of 2 basketball fields is required. In addition, the computer weighs 106 tons, as much as 17 full-grown elephants and requires as much electrical power as 1000 households (approx. 1.2 megawatts). Inside, ASCI White is wired with over 3000 kilometers of cable and gigantic cooling systems ensure that it does not get too hot.