Fujitsu is building a 10-petaflop supercomputer based on its upcoming Sparc64 VIIIfx processor. The new processor has eight processor cores, with each running at 2 GHz and accessing 5MB of L2 cache memory. The update to the four-core Sparc64 VII chip released two years ago can reach 128 gigaflops while using 58 watts of power.
The new Sparc64 VIIIfx processor is based on the same Sparc9 instruction set as other Sparc processors, but makes use of a set of supercomputing extensions known as HPC-ACE. Fujitsu hopes to have the supercomputer, which would be nearly 10 times more powerful than today's fastest system, ready for Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research by early 2011.
IBM is developing its own eight-core server processor, and plans to use the upcoming Power7 processor for a petascale supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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