The fastest supercomputers on the planet have multi-megawatt appetites, which makes some green HPC companies, such as IBM, very happy. The IBM Blue Gene/Q machine is currently number one in energy-efficient flops, but a new FPGA-like technology brought to market by semiconductor start-up eASIC is providing an even greener computing solution. And one HPC project in Japan, known as GRAPE, is using the chips to power its newest supercomputer.

HPC Wire brought this to our attention in their article, “Novel Chip Technology to Power GRAPE-8 Supercomputer.” With all the energy-sucking technology that continues to multiply at an exponential rate, it seems that this green technology will continue to grow in popularity, or at least it should.

Melody K. Smith

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