After winning a contract from Taiwan in 2010, Acer has finally completed the 177 TFLOPS ALPS. This enormous supercomputer is now the fastest in Taiwan, and ranks #42 among the fastest supercomputers in the world.
As far as practical applications go, Acer’s new beastly machine will be used by the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) to perform complex calculations. This includes calculations for chemistry, alternative energy, life sciences, biotechnology and disaster simulation.
This new computer is a huge upgrade for the NCHC, since their previous supercomputer only had (only?) 20 TFLOPS. The upgraded ALPS system has been tentatively named “Windrider”, and boasts over 25,000 compute cores, as well as the latest AMD Opertron 6000 Series processors.