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IBM scientists in Zurich, Dr. Costas Bekas (left) and Dr. Alessandro Curioni, stand next to a Blue Gene/P system similar to the one where they conducted a record-breaking experiment to validate nine terabytes of data (nine million million or a number with 12 zeros) in less than 20 minutes, without compromising accuracy.


Ordinarily, using the same system, this would have taken more than a day. Additionally, the process used just one percent of the energy than would typically be required.


The new method demonstrated by the IBM scientists brings down computational complexity and has very good scaling characteristics that reach to the full scale of the JuGene Supercomputer at the Forschungszentrum Jülich with its 72 racks of IBM’s Blue Gene/P system, 294,912 processors and a peak performance of one petaflop.


Photo credit: Michael Lowry

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Taken on February 22, 2010