Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Submission + - Roadrunner Zooms to No. 1: New Chip Wars? (

CWmike writes: "A supercomputer based on the Cell processor found in Sony's PlayStation 3 console has rocketed to No. 1 in the latest Top500 supercomputing ranking to become the most powerful computer in the world. The machine pulls together the power of 12,240 Cell chips and 6,562 dual-core AMD Opteron processors in IBM QS22 blade servers to deliver 1.026 petaflops of data crunching power, making it more than twice as fast as the top-ranked computer in the previous version of the ranking. Supercomputers are one of the first uses beyond the PlayStation 3 for the Cell chip, but others are envisaged. Toshiba has demonstrated a television with a Cell Broadband Engine for real-time upscaling of standard-definition TV to high definition, and for displaying multiple video streams simultaneously for quick navigation of many TV channels. Toshiba also plans to launch laptop PCs with a derivative of the Cell chip called the SpursEngine. Could this spark new chip wars?"
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Roadrunner Zooms to No. 1: New Chip Wars?

Comments Filter:

What this country needs is a good five cent ANYTHING!