Well the news is out that IBM has been selected by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a machine that provides 100 times the sustained performance of today’s general purpose supercomputers and is dramatically simpler to program, administer and use.
The machine will be Power7 based to be delivered in 2010 and beyond and will include, the AIX® operating system, IBM’s General Parallel File System, IBM’s Parallel Environment, and IBM’s Interconnect and Storage Subsystems — technologies that are key to IBM’s commercial product portfolio.
The DARPA project is one of the drivers for the n+1 generation of System p servers as the solution delivered to DARPA has to be a “commercial off the shelf” (COTS) system. However there are some really exciting things that we will be doing that go above and beyond the DARPA project that will change the face of enterprise computing, especially in total cost of ownership (TCO).
You can read the formal press release on the DARPA project here.
Meanwhile, much to do before then on both system design, packaging and software exploitation much of which will come with the Power6 based servers slated for 2007.