This was the result of the continuous research work of IBM and Los Alamos engineers on the computer technology.
Turek described their research work in these words;
“We took the basic chip design (of a PlayStation) and advanced its capability”
The whole arrangement of this computing machine occupies 6,000 square feet space; 57 miles of fiber optics which is weighing to 500,000 pounds. Average quality materials and parts are used in this system. The machine is having 6,948 dual-core computer chips and 12,960 cell engines with 80 terabytes of memory. The machine cost is $100
The computer was tested for two-hour on May 25. In this test it achieved speed of “petaflop”. This was a sustained performance, which no other computer had ever achieved. It performed so in different real applications, which also include nuclear weapons applications.
A “flop” is the abbreviation word for floating-point-operations per second. When we say one petaflop; it means 1,000 trillion operations per second.
Turek said just two years ago no device was invented to work with the speed of even 100 teraflops; which is 1/10th of the roadrunner speed. This new advancement is discovered in a very short time. It is a big jump in technology.
This new discovery – Roadrunner computer – is currently working at the IBM research laboratory in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. This computer will be shifted over to Los Alamos in New Mexico in the coming next month.
D’Agostino stated that this new discovery would play a key role along with other supercomputers in our weapon stockpile security and safety arrangement. Its high speed will also enhance the performances of a warhead and would be helpful to scientists in tracking the aging of warhead.