updated 07:30 pm EST, Mon November 7, 2011
System centers on 16-core processors
Fujitsu has introduced a new supercomputer, known as the PrimeHPC FX10, that is said to be capable of theoretical processing performance up to 23.2 petaflops. The system relies on the company's new VIIIfx processor, which serves as the successor to the existing IXfx chips. The 16-core water-cooled design supports standalone performance up to 236.5 gigaflops, with performance-per-watt reaching 2 gigaflops.
The 23.2-petaflop performance limit is based on a 1,024 rack configuration with 98,304 nodes and six petabytes of memory. The technology utilizes improved interconnects with 10 links, supporting 85 GB/s memory bandwidth and 5 GB/s inter-node transfer rates in both directions.
The company suggests the new supercomputer is geared for processing-intensive tasks such as academic research, drug development, weather modeling, virtual prototyping and other operations.
The PrimeHPC FX10 systems are expected to ship in January 2012. The company has yet to disclose pricing information.