Friday, December 30, 2011

Blog - Amazon Democratizes Supercomputing

Blog - Amazon Democratizes Supercomputing: Though Amazon's offering pales in comparison to some of those 41 faster supercomputers--Amazon can run at 240 teraflops, handling 240 trillion calculations a second; Fujitsu's K Computer runs at 10.51 petaflops, or 10 quadrillion per second--EC2 represents a real potential disruption in the supercomputing market. Recently, a "Top 5 Pharma" customer (Amazon won't specify who; indeed it seems to be avoiding much public comment about the supercomputer) ran the cluster for seven hours at a peak cost of $1,279, per Ars Technica.

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