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IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer named fastest in Canada

The Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) has named IBM Blue Gene/Q system to be the fastest supercomputer in Canada.


November 14, 2012  


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The Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) has named IBM Blue Gene/Q system to be the fastest supercomputer in Canada.

Located at the University of Toronto’s high performance computing facility, the Blue Gene/Q platform is used for collaborative research focused on solving critical challenges within cities, health, water, and energy systems, as well as in the area of agile computing. According to IBM, it has more than 40,000 water-cooled processors, which is the equivalent processing power of 3 million smartphones, or 6,500 new, high-end laptops. The system is approximately 30 times faster, 10 times smaller, and uses five times less electricity than Canada’s previous top supercomputer. 

The Blue Gene-Q system was installed in September with funding support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). 

“The Blue Gene/Q and, in fact, the SOSCIP consortium facilitate a university-industry partnership that will transform what we can do through research and innovation,” said Professor Paul Young, Vice President (Research and Innovation) at the University of Toronto and Co-Chair of the SOSCIP Board. 

“The muscle behind this system is the same architecture that drives many of the world’s enterprise computing systems,” said John Lutz, president of IBM Canada. Here, it’s being applied toward data-intensive, complex calculations to find solutions to issues affecting us all,” says John Lutz, president of IBM Canada. “The IBM BlueGene/Q can change the research climate in Canada and reveal insights that will deepen and strengthen our knowledge-based economy.”