IBM's Sequoia: 20x faster than the world's fastest supercomputer

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    edesignuk

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    Engadget.

    :eek: christ that's fast.
     
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    iJohnHenry

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    Yet another giant step for Man-kind. :rolleyes:
     
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    Don't panic

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    start-up planned for december 20, 2012.

    it will be 24 glorious hours.
     
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    I may as well say it: PowerBook G5 FTW ZOMG 111LOL!

    Sorry.
     
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    Consultant

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

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

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    It's going to be great when we're treeted to techology like this in comsumer machines.
     
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    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 :)
     
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    Abstract

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    But will it be able to open and run Microsoft Office at a decent speed? :mad:
     
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    PS3 uses the same processor that is used in the Road Runner super computer. Yes, it is great :D
     
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    x2
     
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    dernhelm

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

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    Does 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.
     
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    Crysis is going to look sick running on this thing.
     
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    And guess what chips it will be running? PowerPC.

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

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