More details on the system is here at EEtimes Hitachi Ltd. fabricated the chips on its HDL4N 130-nanometer process technology. (Therefore, an MDGRAPE-4 could get a 4-10 times speed boost by going to a 65 nanometer or 45 nanometer process). Riken developed the computer as a part of Japan's Protein 3000 Project, launched in 2002 as a post-genome-project investigation into the workings of proteins. The machine is expected to facilitate simulation of proteins' molecular connections in a bid to shrink the development time for new drug therapies. MDGrape-3 does not run the Linpack benchmark.
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