Blue Gene

From: John Clark (
Date: Sun Jul 16 2000 - 09:39:51 MDT

Robert J. Bradbury <> Wrote:

>I would love to know what IBM thinks the market for Blue Gene is.

IBM probably thinks biological research will be its main market, pretty exciting stuff.
Of course they'll use it for humdrum government H bomb simulations too.

>I suspect they will not be particularly cheap (they have to sell 200 @ $1 million
>each to recover their investment at a decent profit).

I'll bet it cost more than that. Currently the most powerful computer in the world
ASCI White is also made by IBM, it is capable of 12 teraflops (Blue gene will do 1000)
has 8192 processors (Blue Gene will have 1,048,576) and it cost 130 million.
Blue Gene will be expensive but I doubt it will be that expensive, for one thing
its physical size will only be a 1/5 as big as ASCI White and that's a good sign,
for another, with the completion of the Human Genome Project government will
no longer be the only market for very large supercomputers.

                John K Clark

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