Guru Rao writes that the Blue Gene/Q processor technology powering the #1 Sequoia supercomputer comes straight out of the world’s most powerful enterprise computing systems.
As supercomputers improve, they become dramatically better in terms of affordability, performance and size. Sequoia enables a company or university to acquire a petaflop computer in just five racks. In contrast, if you used the technology in the second fastest computer in the world, it would take approximately 80 racks to create a one petaflop system. The difference in cost, size and power consumption is something that a company can apply for immediate competitive advantage.
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