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ASC White

(Accelerated Strategic Computing White) A supercomputer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that was the fastest computer in the world when introduced in 2001. Used for weapons research, it was developed by IBM and made up of 512 16-way IBM RS/6000 computer systems. Its 8,192 processors provide 12.3 teraFLOPS of computing. Using 6TB of RAM and 160TB of disk space, ASC White (formerly ASCI White) is made from standard, off-the-shelf components.

Records Don't Hold for Long!
In 2005, the ASC Purple with 12,000 processors and a theoretical peak capacity of 93 teraFLOPS came online at Livermore. Even more amazing, so did a new machine called the Blue Gene/L, weighing in with 130,000 processors and an actual processing capacity of 270 teraFLOPS! Like the ASC White, the ASC Purple was slated to perform nuclear weapon simulations, while the Blue Gene/L was intended to study the behavior and movement of atomic molecules. See supercomputer sites.
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90 per gigaflops, and while this is a big improvement over the ASCI White parallel supercomputer IBM built for DOE a few years back (which is rated at 12.
It became operational in March 2002 as the world's fastest supercomputer, so quick that its raw processing power equaled that of the 20 speediest US computers combined, far outpacing the previous title holder, the IBM-built ASCI white at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which is used for nuclear weapons simulations.
The second fastest computer is ASCI White built by IBM, with a score of 4,967.
The Compaq supercomputer should be able to do at least 100 teraflops per second, which is about eight times faster than the existing ASCI White but considerably slower than Blue Gene/L.
With the unveiling last week of the computer dubbed ASCI White, they have a machine that can perform the task much more quickly.
General John Gordon, the Department of Energy's under secretary for nuclear security, said the supercomputer - known as Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative White, or ASCI White - was the key to the country assuring nuclear deterrence, though it has a vast number of other uses.
The supercomputer - known as Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative White, or ASCI White, has a mind-boggling amount of other uses, say researchers.
The IBM machine at NERSC is the second most powerful supercomputer in the world, after IBM's classified ASCI White system.
SETI@home contends its network of computers is rated at 15 teraflops and has cost just $500,000, while IBM's ASCI White supercomputer is rated at 12 teraflops and costs $110 million.
With the help of IBM, BU has become the first academic research center to implement IBM's ASCI White, the world's most powerful supercomputer.
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