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Packaging the IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer

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10 Author(s)
Coteus, P. W. ; IBM Research Division, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA ; Hall, S. A. ; Takken, T. ; Rand, R. A.
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The IBM Blue Gene®/Q supercomputer is designed for highly efficient computing for problems dominated by floating-point computation. Its target mean time between failures for a 96-rack, 98,304-node system is three days, allowing tasks requiring computation for many days to run at scale, with little time wasted on checkpoint-restart operations. This paper describes various elements of the compute application-specific integrated circuit and the system package, and how they contribute to low power consumption and high reliability.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 1/2 )