But IBM is enlarging the system almost daily, says VP Dave Turek. "In two weeks, you might see 3 teraflops." Eventually, IBM plans to build Blue Gene/L into a 360-teraflop machine, which could be the world's fastest. The announcement comes in advance of a supercomputing conference in Phoenix this week.
Turek calls Blue Gene/L a "concept car," part of broader IBM research into building a supercomputer based on data-chip "cells" that contain microprocessors and memory. The design speeds data access in the computer and consumes less power.