The University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and IBM have abandoned their Blue Waters supercomputer project.
According to Slashgear, the big idea of the project was to create a petaflop-speed supercomputer, but it turned out that things were getting a bit expensive.
Blue Waters was a contract estimated at about $208 million and was expected to have been delivered inside 2011 after being on the drawing board since 2008.
IBM had been spending a fortune on making the project work and provided shedloads of gear to the NCSA. Apparently IBM is returning the cheque that the NCSA wrote, while the NCSA is giving Biggish Blue all its gear back.
Both groups have promised to work on future petascale computing projects together, but it lookone of the top most powerful supercomuters in the world according to top500.org.
But it looks like since the project started four years ago new techniques with potential for less cost and less complexity have been cropping up. The older technology supercomputer might have just ended up being too big and expensive for IBM to make any dosh on.