Prototype heads computer green list

University researchers are collaborating with IBM on the design of the world's most energy-efficient supercomputer.

A team of physicists from Edinburgh and Columbia University have worked with IBM over the past three years on the chip design of IBM's next generation BlueGene prototype computer.

Top ranking

The prototype has been judged the world's most energy-efficient supercomputer. It is ranked in first place on the Supercomputing 'Green500 List' for November 2010.

Both Edinburgh and Columbia plan to use the system in their research of particle physics.

Future projects

The system, funded by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, will be installed in the Advanced Computing Facility at Edinburgh.

Columbia’s design effort was carried out in partnership with the RIKEN BNL Research Center which, together with the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), will fund a system to be installed at BNL.

The next-generation IBM BlueGene combines supercomputing power with energy efficiency, and we are delighted to see the prototype we helped design recognised as the most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world.

Dr Peter BoyleSchool of Physics and Astronomy