IBM Blue Waters IBM has taken the initiative to to build the world’s first sustained petascale computational system dedicated to open scientific research.

Named as The Blue Waters system, It  is being built for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

It will go live by 2011 and will use more than 200,000 processor cores, more than a petabyte of memory and more than 10 petabyte’s of disk storage.

"Blue Waters will be an unrivalled national asset that will have a powerful impact on both science and society," said Thom Dunning, NCSA director and a professor of chemistry at Illinois.

"Scientists around the country simulating new medicines or materials, the weather, disease outbreaks, or complex engineered systems like power plants and aircraft are poised to make discoveries that we can only begin to imagine."

[via vnunet]