Fujitsu plans 3-petaflops supercomputer

Fujitsu expects to build a supercomputer that can perform 3 quadrillion calculations per second, or petaflops, in 2011, EE Times reported Friday. The Japanese computer maker is examining new approaches for the system, believing that mere extensions of today's designs won't be sufficient to reach the goal, the report said.

The current top supercomputer, IBM's Blue Gene/L, can perform 136.8 trillion calculations per second, though an upgrade means it's expected to double that to at least 270 teraflops later this year.

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