IBM is introducing new processors for its RS/6000 SP supercomputers. The next generation machines will run on the 64-bit Risc based Power3 processors, which are more than twice as powerful as their predecessor.
The Power3, based on the same architecture as IBM?s abandoned 630 processor, can perform up to 2 billion calculations per second. It is aimed at scientific and technical applications such as the analysis and simulation programs used by aerospace, automobile, and drug manufacturers.
Ken Batty, RS/6000 marketing manager for IBM Europe, said the new processors will also boost IBM?s presence in the commercial sector. ?Its useful for customers who want the large memory performance that 64-bit gives them.? Customers using business intelligence and data analysis applications, and Web based applications can benefit from the technology, he said.
IBM also said the processor will help it fulfil its contract with the US Department of Energy to produce systems to help it construct models and simulations to monitor the safety of the United States? nuclear weapons stockpile.
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