Supercomputer Doubles Own Record


TheMonarch

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Interesting... Imagine coding for 131K+ processors :eek:

imagine the frame rates that gets in doom 3...
I knew someone would say that. But doom (or any game for that matter) isn't made with 131 thousand processors in mind... It probably wouldn't be that great...
 

jsw

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blaskillet4 said:
Interesting... Imagine coding for 131K+ processors :eek:
Honestly? It's no harder than coding for 100K processors, believe it or not. ;)

Very impressive specs. Hopefully, the new Macintel PBs will come close....
 

Deepdale

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PlaceofDis said:
very interesting
From the linked article: "It reached 280.6 teraflops - that is 280.6 trillion calculations a second. ... Each person in the world with a handheld calculator would still take decades to do the same calculations Blue Gene is now able to do every second."

Those numbers are beyond mind-boggling. What will the stunning accomplishments be in another 10 years?
 

PlaceofDis

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Deepdale said:
From the linked article: "It reached 280.6 teraflops - that is 280.6 trillion calculations a second. ... Each person in the world with a handheld calculator would still take decades to do the same calculations Blue Gene is now able to do every second."

Those numbers are beyond mind-boggling. What will the stunning accomplishments be in another 10 years?
exactly. the future implications of what we might be possible to do in the years to come are amazing
 

Lacero

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Yet with 260 Tflops of computing power, it can't still match the computing power of a mosquito's brain. We'll get there one day.
 

whocares

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Lacero said:
Yet with 260 Tflops of computing power, it can't still match the computing power of a mosquito's brain. We'll get there one day.
Mosquitos don't have brains, merely several neurone nodes along the length of its body. ;)

I do agree however that even at 200+ TFlops, Blue is still incredibly dumb and can only do what it's told :p :p

Think they might consider joining the MR folding team? :cool:
 

dubbz

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rossoUK said:
Doesnt this use Power PC processors??
Yes, PowerPC 440 @ 700MHz, running Linux, according to top500.org.

Wonder how many WU/day this thing could do for Folding@Home... (team 3446 ;)) (if they'd port the client, that is)
 

jhu

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imagine that. put a bunch of embedded processors together and you get a supercomputer.
 

OutThere

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whocares said:
Think they might consider joining the MR folding team? :cool:
Oh man...if we could even just get 1 second of processor time from that thing we'd be set...

 

revisionA

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Lacero said:
Yet with 260 Tflops of computing power, it can't still match the computing power of a mosquito's brain. We'll get there one day.
I just hope it doesnt think its a mosquito when it becomes self aware, and swats us with our own nukes that it knows inside and out.

$
 

Melkor

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I always found the whole DNA simulation thing really interesting.


I wonder how big it is though? They should have someone standing next to it in the picture.
 

wordmunger

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dubbz said:
Yes, PowerPC 440 @ 700MHz, running Linux, according to top500.org.

Wonder how many WU/day this thing could do for Folding@Home... (team 3446 ;)) (if they'd port the client, that is)
Only 700 MHz? Clearly it's a lame computer then :rolleyes:

Seriously, if this isn't an excellent illustration of the megahertz myth, I don't know what is.
 

jhu

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wordmunger said:
Only 700 MHz? Clearly it's a lame computer then :rolleyes:

Seriously, if this isn't an excellent illustration of the megahertz myth, I don't know what is.
if you put enough processors together, the speed of each may not matter as much. hell, if you put a million 486-like processors together, it'd probably be much faster. the top computer has 65k processors vesus #3 with 10k processors.
 

Dane D.

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Wow

According to my calculations, it would process a SETI workunit in 0.0085531005 seconds. (2,400,000,000,000 divided by 280,600,000,000,000) 2.4 trillion is what SETI says is the minimum calculations needed to process a workunit.:D
 

greatdevourer

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jhu said:
i think you a 1.8ghz opteron
Quad Core 2.8Ghz Xeon, with a 2.4Ghz dual core Opteron lagging someway behind (partly because no-ones tested a quad core 2.4 Opteron on this site)
 

Apple Hobo

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Melkor said:
I always found the whole DNA simulation thing really interesting.


I wonder how big it is though? They should have someone standing next to it in the picture.
Each computer cabinet is about the size of a large refrigerator, so the whole system is pretty large.

pics
 

jhu

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greatdevourer said:
Quad Core 2.8Ghz Xeon, with a 2.4Ghz dual core Opteron lagging someway behind (partly because no-ones tested a quad core 2.4 Opteron on this site)
i see. that makes your previous post rather misleading. as far as i know, there is no quad core xeon currently. you're probably talking about dual dual-core systems. in which case, i'd be surprised if a 2.4ghz dual dual-core system doesn't outpace its peers (mainly xeon and ppc970)