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Old 7th Aug 2007, 15:23   #1
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IBM may build fastest supercomputer

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2007/08...upercomputer/1

Surrounded by controversy, the National Science Foundation is set to award IBM a contract to build the world's fastest supercomputer.

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Old 7th Aug 2007, 15:29   #2
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Wooo, a big powerful computer that isn't being used to think up more ways to kill us. I hope it goes through as golbal warming est bad
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I'll take 2

Seriously scary how much power that thing will have. Hell, it's scary to think about the software written to run on one of them.
Wonder how it would compare with one of these distributed computing projects (SETI etc)
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Wonder how good this would be at Folding, eh? :P
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Wooo, a big powerful computer that isn't being used to think up more ways to kill us.
At least that's what we're being told...

They say it's for global warming to be solved, but how much power would go into running the thing?
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Old 7th Aug 2007, 18:14   #7
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At least that's what we're being told...

They say it's for global warming to be solved, but how much power would go into running the thing?
HAH, my thoughts exactly, by the time they finished running there calculations they would have worked out they could have saved man kind a further 10years by not running that beast.


I bet it will run Oblivion and Crysis like liquid though
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Old 7th Aug 2007, 18:45   #8
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Does it come in a colour other than IBM Black?
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Old 7th Aug 2007, 19:04   #9
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Does it come in a colour other than IBM Black?

Now THAT would be a case mod project and a half!
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What do they do with the parts for old/out-of-date supercomputers? Do they auction them off or what?
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Old 7th Aug 2007, 19:12   #11
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Wow cool computer
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Does it run Doom ?

more seriously, there's a flaw : a huuuge power hungry beast (wattage of such a thing ?) is used to calculate and simulate the effects of global warming. Sweeet irony indeed.
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What do they do with the parts for old/out-of-date supercomputers? Do they auction them off or what?
If you're in the right place at the right time, you can pick up a mid-80s Cray for $5000 or so... They're usually torn apart for the bits of gold in them. Of course, a QX6800 will run circles around it, but it's still a Cray.

Imagine turning a Cray into a modern Beowulf cluster... Talk about a nifty case mod.
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Such arcane talk

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I wish you egghead types would stop talking in such arcane techie talk.
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I bet it will run Oblivion and Crysis like liquid though
I bet it won't.

If I'm not mistaken, Supercomputers are built as pure calculation powerhouses, not the kind of hardware we're familiar with that'll run x86 software.
I doubt it's even possible to load *any* desktop-computer software on it at all

Mind you, I'm far from being an expert on the topic..
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You could probably emulate an x86 CPU and DX10-compliant video card, and have enough power left to run either game quite nicely...
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You could probably emulate an x86 CPU and DX10-compliant video card, and have enough power left to run either game quite nicely...
Point.
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wow, should be interesting

Don't they currently hold the award anyway, with bluegene ? i thought that was the fastest supercomputer in the world
Although it does have a MTBF of like 4 hours

Oh and as to the computing bit of it, modern super computers basically are a baewolf cluster, it because too difficult to build ginormous motherboards, so now their just lots of multi-cored, multi socketed computers
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I bet if you cracked it open, all you'd find is an Internet connection that links to millions of desktop PCs worlwide that are acting as zombies for it.

That, or an old, wizend man with a long beard.
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