New ultra-computer 'Earth Simulator'
Today NEC completed its new ultra-computer, which with its 5,120 vector processors is due to go into service on Monday. A top performance of 40 TeraFlops is expected, which is more than three times that of the previous leader.
IBM is still standing With its ASCI White SP with 8,192 Power3 processors and a peak performance of 12.2 TeraFlops, it is in first place in the Top 500 list of the Supercomputer Champions League. For the earth simulator, which consists of 640 node computers, each equipped with 8 SX6 vector processors, a building with a floor area of 3250 m² was erected in Yokohama, Japan. The SX6 is manufactured in a 0.15 µ copper process and has a theoretical performance of 8 GFLOPS, in the single-processor system NEC SX6i at least 7.6 GFLOPS are achieved. The earth simulator is intended to help understand global relationships and to solve environmental problems and was designed by the Earth Simulator Research and Development Center (ESRDC) consortium. The computer, which now costs 200 million euros, was originally planned for the end of 2001 and with a performance of only 5.1 TFLOPS.