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IBM's Sequoia: 20x Faster Than World's Fastest Supercomputer

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308w ago - The U.S. government has agreed to buy two supercomputers from IBM Corp., including one to be in use in 2012 that will ultimately scale to 20 petaflops, an estimated ten times the performance of today's most powerful system.

Terms of the deal were not immediately released.

In June, IBM became the first to break the petaflops performance mark with a separate government system. Cray quickly followed with a petaflops system that hit the Top 500 list in November.

The new IBM BlueGene-class systems will be installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to handle analysis of the U.S. nuclear stockpile. The lab currently uses an IBM BlueGene/L system.

Under the deal IBM will deliver to the lab by April one of its BlueGene/P systems capable of up to 500 teraflops. By sometime in 2012, IBM will have installed a follow on system called Sequoia.

BlueGene/P uses a modified PowerPC 450 processor running at 850 MHz with four cores per chip and as many as 4,096 processors in a rack. The Sequoia system will use 45nm processors with as many as 16 cores per chip running at a significantly faster data rate.

Both BlueGene/P and Sequoia consist of clusters built up from 96 racks of systems. Sequoia will have 1.6 petabytes of memory feeding its 1.6 million cores, but...
 

Sony and Microsoft Begin Battle of Virtual Worlds

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324w ago - The console kids both announced Second Life-style virtual environments at the Tokyo Game Show today. Both games show striking similarities to Linden Lab's creation.

Players are represented by avatars which live a virtual life - engaging in relationships, going about day-to-day business. These can be personalised to look as similar (or different) to how the user looks in real life.

Sony's "Home" virtual world for the Playstation 3 will be released on November 19th, after its delay twice already. It will go up against Microsoft's Xbox 360 "New Xbox Experience".

Ryoji Akagawa of Sony said that around 24 game design companies would provide the content needed for Home - but didn't give much else away.

Game expert, Hirokazu Hamamura head of Japanese publisher Enterbrain told Associated Press, "You still can't tell what (Home)'s all about."

Microsoft's John Schappert said, "Our goal is to make the Xbox experience more visual, easier to use, more fun to use and more social...We focused a lot on friends and other experiences outside just playing games."

Let virtual battle commence.
 

SCEE and SOE join to bring popular PC game worlds to PS3 consoles

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331w ago - Speaking in reference to the new partnership between Sony Online and SCEE. David Reeves of SCEE noted that - "This is an opportunity for SCEE and SOE to bring the best online experiences from PC gaming to the PLAYSTATION 3 universe, the result of which will certainly benefit PlayStation fans."

PRESS RELEASE: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Joins Forces with Sony Online Entertainment to Publish Games for PLAYSTATION®3

Leipzig Games Convention, August 2008: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced today that SCEE has joined forces with Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) - developer of groundbreaking online Massive Multiplayer Online (MMOs) games including the wildly popular EverQuest® -- in an arrangement that will bring a whole new dimension to PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3â„¢) gaming.

Under the new agreement, SCEE will publish and distribute three MMOs developed by SOE for PS3 throughout the PAL territories. In addition, SCEE will also publish the PC versions of DC Universe and The Agency on behalf of SOE in the PAL territories. The new arrangement allows SCEE to benefit from SOE's experience in a different area of video gaming publishing, one which opens up a whole host of possibilities for PS3.

The games included in the agreement are The Agency (PS3 and PC),...
 

Is the PS3 finally the world's best console?

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341w ago - Sony launched the PlayStation 3 (PS3) a year and a half ago, but Nintendo and Microsoft, with the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 respectively, appear to have the bragging rights in the console market.

However we don't think the PS3 is dead just yet. Here's five reasons why we think you should take another look at the PS3 if you're a home gaming console fan, or if you're looking for a treat for your dad on Father's Day.

Finally, some good games for the PS3: It does take some time for video game makers to come out with games that make you go 'wow'. With the exception of a few games (such as Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction), the PS3 hasn't had that game that inspires people to rush out and buy the console.

Most of the 'must have' games over the past year have been available on one or other two systems, including games like Guitar Hero III, Rock Band and Call of Duty 4. Even Grand Theft Auto IV is available on the PS3 and the Xbox 360.

But the exclusive release of Gran Turismo 5: Prologue means that if you're a fan of this racing series, you'll have to buy a PS3 in order to play it. With more franchise games launching soon (including Metal Gear Solid 4, the next Final Fantasy chapter and eventually God of War 3), there are more opportunities for gamers to rediscover the...
 

Stargate Worlds trailer tonight, sweepstakes soon

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364w ago - Fans of Stargate will get a good taste of the Stargate Worlds MMO today. The first ever trailer for the game will be shown tonight as Stargate Atlantis has its mid-season premiere tonight at 10/9 p.m. EST/CST.

Rod Nakamoto, senior vice president of product development, Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment: "The trailer will give gamers and fans a glimpse at what they can expect to find in Stargate Worlds. It's a mix of old and new elements that hint at the direction we are taking the franchise."

Stargate Worlds studio head Dan Elggren: "Stargate Worlds is about instant adventure in an epic, evolving universe. That's what fans and gamers are going to see in this trailer."

Travis J. Rutherford, executive vice president, MGM Consumer Products and Location Based Entertainment: "We have spent years looking for a quality gaming partner to extend the Stargate franchise beyond television and DVDs. This trailer is an exciting preview of that extension, and we are proud to have the opportunity to debut it as part of the Stargate Atlantis return. Our fans will jump at the chance to have their likeness incorporated in the MMORPG and become a part of Stargate history."

By watching Atlantis, you'll also get the chance to enter the Unlock the Gate Sweepstakes that will start on January...
 
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