ESOcast 51: All Systems Go for Highest Altitude Supercomputer
One of the most powerful supercomputers in the world has now been fully installed and tested at its remote, high altitude site in the Andes of northern Chile. This marks one of the major remaining milestones toward completion of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the most elaborate ground-based telescope in history. The special-purpose ALMA correlator has over 134 million processors and performs up to 17 quadrillion operations per second, a speed comparable to the fastest general-purpose supercomputer in operation today.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Douglas Pierce-Price.
Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa.
Music: John Stanford (johnstanfordmusic.com).
Footage and photos: ESO, Christoph Malin (christophmalin.com), L. Calçada, M. Maercker et al., the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, A. Fujii/Digitized Sky Survey 2, acknowledgment: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble).
Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.
About the Video
|Release date:||21 December 2012, 15:00|
About the Object
|Name:||Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array|
|Type:||• X - ALMA|
• X - ESOcast