Leibniz Rechenzentrum: Cube for the Supercomputer
Leibniz Rechenzentrum: Cube for the Supercomputer

Center (LRZ)

Peak capacity: 70,000,000,000,000 floating point operations per second, and the world's largest freely addressable memory: 40,000,000,000,000 bytes
Leibniz, inventor of the binary system and 
constructor of one of the first computers in 1671
Leibniz invented the bit
Construction of the cube (baselength 36m) hosting the new supercomputer at the Leibniz Rechenzentrum (LRZ), next to the building of TUM computer science. Power consumption: roughly 4 MW. Most of the hardware serves to cool the interior.
New LRZ supercomputer: 70 Teraflops peak
For a rather long time (2002-2004) a NEC computer in Tokyo was the world's fastest (36 Teraflops). The most recent record holder (March 2005) is an IBM Blue Gene: max 135 Tflops. The new LRZ supercomputer will boast a peak of 70 Tflops.
100 Teraflops is roughly one percent of the raw computing power of a human brain, according to frequent estimates. Soon our fastest computers will match brains. And then?
Leibniz Rechenzentrum inside
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