mblase writes: The Blue Waters supercomputer will be officially opened for business this Thursday at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (known to Slashdotters as the birthplace of the original Mosaic web browser and the fictional HAL-9000). At a maximum speed of 11.6 petaflops, plus a 300-petabyte storage system, it will (probably) be the third-fastest supercomputer in the world. It almost wasn't completed when IBM pulled out halfway through the project, but persistence paid off. According to NCSA, the machine has already been performing useful research in biochemistry, meteorology, earth science, and more running at just 15% capacity.
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