As if Fujitsu didn't surprise the industry enough with the K Computer being the #1 super computer on the Top500 list, they have announced an even faster platform, the PRIMEHPC FX-10!
When I was at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, I had a chance to take a look at the SPARC64 VIIIfx 2.0GHz nodes that are used in the K Computer:
The really interesting thing about this server is the water cooling and of course the performance. Sadly, Fujitsu is using Linux on this server and the PRIMEHPC FX10 super computer. The PRIMEHPC FX10 super computer uses a derivative processor called the SPARC64 IXfx which runs at 1.848GHz and has 16 cores that provides 236.5 GFLOPs of performance. A fully loaded PRIMEHPC FX10 will provide 23,248 TFLOPs with 1024 nodes!
All in all, very impressive to SPARC at the top after all these years! With what Oracle has done with the SPARC T4 processor and what Fujitsu is doing on the high-end, there is a renaissance for the SPARC architecture.