David Kirkpatrick

September 26, 2008

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories plans exascale data centers

From KurzweilAI.net — The latest in supercomputng news is Hewlett-Packard Laboratories working with the Georgia Institute of Technology is planning exascale data centers utilizing farms of petaflop computers.

HP Labs aims at exascale computing
EE Times, Sep. 19, 2008

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and Georgia Institute of Technologyare planning to develop exascale datacenters with farms of petaflop-caliber computers to achieve 1,000-fold increases over the world’s fastest computers, using virtualized multi-core processors with special-purpose chips, like graphics accelerators.

Enhanced large-scale applications include climate modeling, biological simulations, drug discovery, national defense, energy assurance and advanced materials development.

An exaflop is 1000 petaflops or 1018 flops (floating point operations/seccond). As noted in Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near, estimates of humanbrain equivalence range from 1014(Moravec) to 1016(Kurzweil). – Ed.

 
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