If you missed it in the news, SGI built the fastest supercomputer in the world for NASA. Named Columbia, this new supercomputer has 10,240 Itanium-2 processors and kicks some serious floating-point arithmetic ass. Officially it performs at 42.7 teraflops (42.7 trillion calculations per second), beating out IBM’s latest supercomputer, Blue Gene/L, by more than 6 teraflops and gives SGI the number one spot in the world. It also gives me a paycheck 🙂
To me, the most important thing about this achievement is that SGI’s machine runs Linux. Its another great milestone for Open Source – may there be many more (e.g. Firefox 1.0)! I feel so lucky that I get paid to work on Open Source Linux systems! Go Tux!