In Pictures: A look inside what may be the world's fastest supercomputer

New Roadrunner is expected to break the petaflop barrier when tested later this month

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Roadrunner's racks extend more than three-fourths of the length of a football field.

Roadrunner's racks extend more than three-fourths of the length of a football field.

A regular BladeCenter H chassis in Roadrunner.

This is a regular BladeCenter H chassis in Roadrunner. It's holding six of the new cell blades and three Opteron blades.

This is the back end of a TriBlade.

This is the back end of a TriBlade, which has one Opteron blade (on the left), a communications blade (in the second spot) that is used to link the other three blades, and two cell blades on the right.

Another view of the TriBlade.

This is another view of the TriBlade, which holds two cell blades, an Opteron blade and a fourth blade that serves to link the other three.

The inside of a cell blade -- the QS22.

The inside of a cell blade — the QS22.

An IBM employee stands at the end of a line of server racks, which extends about 250 feet.

An IBM employee stands at the end of a line of server racks, which extends about 250 feet. It will take 21 tractor trailer trucks to move Roadrunner to its permanent home at Los Alamos National Laboratory. It will take two months to ship, reassemble and test the machine.

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