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IBM, NCSA Abandon Petascale Supercomputer Project.

IDG News Service (08/08/11) Joab Jackson

Unforeseen complexities and greater-than-anticipated costs have prevented IBM and the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) from continuing plans to build a petaflop-speed supercomputer. The first version of the system was expected to be delivered as early as 2012. “The innovative technology that IBM ultimately developed was more complex and required significantly increased financial and technical support by IBM beyond its original expectations,” according to a joint statement. “NCSA and IBM worked closely on various proposals to retain IBM’s participation in the project but could not come to a mutually agreed-on plan concerning the path forward.” The U.S. National Science Foundation and the University of Illinois funded the Blue Waters project, which aimed to build a Power7 processor-based supercomputer capable of a quadrillion floating point operations per second. IBM contributed software, hardware, and personnel for Blue Waters, which proved too costly, and may have needed to redefine the project to take advantage of the latest techniques for ramping up computing to petascale heights, says Envisioneering Group’s Rick Doherty.

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