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edesignuk
Feb 3, 2009, 02:55 AM
Roadrunner? Pfff, your chart-topping 1.105 petaflops are laughable. IBM just announced its 20-freaking-petaflop Sequoia supercomputer due for delivery by 2012. While supercomputer speeds have steadily increased year-over-year, a 20x jump in calculations per second since the last world ranking is unheard of, even if the system has yet to come on-line. Slated to spend its life simulating nuclear explosions, Sequoia will use 45-nm (PowerPC, presumably) processors with 16 cores per chip for as many as 4,096 processors per rack. That's a total of 1.6 million cores assisted by 1.6 petabytes of memory. Perhaps all this processing power might help IBM understand the futility of its Lotus Notes strategy.Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/03/ibms-sequoia-20x-faster-than-the-worlds-fastest-supercomputer/).

:eek: christ that's fast.

iJohnHenry
Feb 3, 2009, 07:52 AM
Slated to spend its life simulating nuclear explosions

Yet another giant step for Man-kind. :rolleyes:

Don't panic
Feb 3, 2009, 08:11 AM
Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/03/ibms-sequoia-20x-faster-than-the-worlds-fastest-supercomputer/).

:eek: christ that's fast.

start-up planned for december 20, 2012.

it will be 24 glorious hours.

drlunanerd
Feb 3, 2009, 08:20 AM
Sequoia will use 45-nm (PowerPC, presumably) processors with 16 cores per chip

I may as well say it: PowerBook G5 FTW ZOMG 111LOL!

Sorry.

Consultant
Feb 3, 2009, 09:47 AM
WTF, these press releases don't take into consideration that
in 3 years other computers would also improve.

I can do it too. =p
In 1000 years, the iPhone 100g will be faster than the fastest super computer right now.

savar
Feb 3, 2009, 04:57 PM
Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/03/ibms-sequoia-20x-faster-than-the-worlds-fastest-supercomputer/).

:eek: christ that's fast.

The nuclear regulatory commission spends an ungodly amount of money :(

Just the energy bill alone on this thing will be enormous.

.Andy
Feb 3, 2009, 05:59 PM
It's going to be great when we're treeted to techology like this in comsumer machines.

Earendil
Feb 3, 2009, 10:10 PM
Yet another giant step for Man-kind. :rolleyes:

Oh yes, because the only uses for nuclear explosions are negative and destructive in nature :rolleyes:
Stop being so sarcastically negative :D

I like the idea of faster computers. But than, I'm a nerd (http://xkcd.com/538/) :)

Abstract
Feb 3, 2009, 10:16 PM
But will it be able to open and run Microsoft Office at a decent speed? :mad:

trule
Feb 4, 2009, 05:50 AM
It's going to be great when we're treeted to techology like this in comsumer machines.

PS3 uses the same processor that is used in the Road Runner super computer. Yes, it is great :D

cantthinkofone
Feb 4, 2009, 06:57 AM
Yet another giant step for Man-kind. :rolleyes:

x2

dernhelm
Feb 4, 2009, 07:01 AM
start-up planned for december 20, 2012.

it will be 24 glorious hours.

2012? That may be before Windows 7 rolls out. Maybe there _will_ be hardware that will run it efficiently...

edesignuk
Feb 4, 2009, 07:01 AM
Yet another giant step for Man-kind. :rolleyes:

x2Does it matter what it's for? There's someone there with the money to buy these things, and it pushes innovation, which in the end benefits us all as the tech filters down to our desktops over the years.

Anyway, I'd rather anyone be simulating nuclear anything than having a crack at live experiments.

Ridly
Feb 4, 2009, 10:11 AM
Crysis is going to look sick running on this thing.

nick9191
Feb 4, 2009, 10:17 AM
And guess what chips it will be running? PowerPC.

Suck it for all of you that think Intel is faster than PPC.

Macaddicttt
Feb 4, 2009, 11:58 AM
And guess what chips it will be running? PowerPC.

Suck it for all of you that think Intel is faster than PPC.

"Faster" means nothing. There are qualities of a chip other than speed. Perhaps PowerPC is better for supercomputers, but that hardly reflects on the Intel/PowerPC debate for personal computers at all. Are you waiting for the mythical Sequoia PowerBook?

trule
Feb 4, 2009, 12:05 PM
"Faster" means nothing. There are qualities of a chip other than speed. Perhaps PowerPC is better for supercomputers, but that hardly reflects on the Intel/PowerPC debate for personal computers at all.

this new super computer will probably use the POWER 7 chip from IBM, it supports the PowerPC instruction set however it is not a PowerPC.

The Intel/PowerPC debate for PC's is over, Intel won :D

Earendil
Feb 4, 2009, 03:19 PM
this new super computer will probably use the POWER 7 chip from IBM, it supports the PowerPC instruction set however it is not a PowerPC.

The Intel/PowerPC debate for PC's is over, Intel won :D

Right. Choosing to use an Intel (x86) vs PowerPC instruction set for a large scale super computer with a (presumably?) specified task, is no indication that a PPC chip is better suited for the consumer market, with all the many variables that the consumer personal computer market demands.

It's like saying that for small devices, the ARM processes is "better", and so obviously it should be used in both consumer desktops as well as super computers! :rolleyes: