What is Roadrunner?

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Not to be confused with Time Warner’s broadband Internet access provider, Roadrunner will be the first supercomputer to use the Cell BE (see earlier post on the PS3 as a cluster node). The unique architecture calls for inclusion of Opteron processors as well, which means that the system will be able to run a broad range of applications. The Cell will be used in much the same way as a co-processor, thus rivaling competing vendors such as ClearSpeed and DRC Computer. The machine will be installed at Los Alamos in 2008.