Inside the Sequoia Supercomputer at LLNL

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sequoiaIn this video from CNBC, Josh Lipton takes us inside the Sequoia supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

IBM Sequoia is a petascale Blue Gene/Q supercomputer constructed by IBM for the National Nuclear Security Administration as part of the Advanced Simulation and Computing Program (ASC). It was delivered to the LLNL in 2011 and was fully deployed in June 2012. On 14 June 2012, the TOP500 Project Committee announced that Sequoia replaced the K computer as the world’s fastest supercomputer, with a LINPACK performance of 16.32 petaflops, 55% faster than the K computer’s 10.51 petaflops, having 123% more cores than the K computer’s 705,024 cores. Sequoia is also more energy efficient, as it consumes 7.9 MW, 37% less than the K computer’s 12.6 MW. As of 17 June 2013, Sequoia had dropped to #3 on the TOP500 ranking, behind Tianhe-2 and Titan. It is still #3 on the TOP500 ranking of June 2014.

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