Big Blue's powerful new processor for servers integrates eight processing cores in one chip package, with each core capable of executing four tasks.
IBM is set to unveil the first public details of its next generation Power7 processor at the Hot Chips conference Tuesday.
The Hot Chips conference is focusing on high-end chips for server computers, with IBM's upcoming Power7 as a standout.
New high-end server processors from IBM, Sun, Fujitsu, AMD, and Intel announced at Hot Chips last week break previous records for complexity and performance.
With Power7, IBM has served notice on the computing world that Intel isn't the only high-performance microprocessor manufacturer in town.
The Blue Waters project will tap IBM's upcoming Power7 processor for an ultrafast machine at the University of Illinois.
The University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications will use a Cray supercomputer for the National Science Foundation's Blue Waters project. That computer will incorporate AMD's new 16-core processor.
Big Blue says new line of integrated systems offers more flexibility, with support for four operating systems and five virtualization hypervisors.
IBM's lineup of servers built around its Power microprocessor continue to be one of the standouts among the systems that it sells.
Program powered by an IBM Power7 server will compete against "Jeopardy" superstars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a contest to air in February.