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Supercomputer for the office!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kenco_uk, 10 Oct 2008.

  1. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    Cray's CX1 can pack 16 Intel Xeon Quad Core processors under the bonnet. The thing is, it's moving out of the server room into the office..!

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    Nothing like having a 3-bar fire near your feet in the summer! :lol: Also, does it come with ear defenders?
     
  2. ChromeX

    ChromeX Active Member

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    Beast! Such an 80's style advert though!
     
  3. stewis

    stewis New Member

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    wouldn't it get clogged with dust faster than if it sat in a server room?

    whoops i just spilled my coffee on that black box over there! a super computer you say? wasn't me then!
     
  4. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    Standard power requirements? My Mac Pro + 2 displays takes about 250w at relatively idle, and that's just 8 cores w/ 10GB of RAM (yes, I said 'just'. Suck it, quad core lovers!). This thing could have 64 cores with 512GB of RAM... I don't care what they say in the video, that's NOT going to run off of a normal outlet. It'd probably need its own 20a breaker to be safe.

    Still, awesome.

    *crack about "can it run Vista?"*
     
  5. Denis_iii

    Denis_iii New Member

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    I can see smiling traders no longer complaining about SLOW computer with 10bloomberg windows open and 15excel spreadsheets updating prices and outlook with 3000open emails on there 2.4Ghz P4 with 512MB mem
     
  6. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    Nice, but I bet it would still struggle to play Crysis with maxed out settings :D

    Having a few of those in an office (once one engineer gets one, they'll all want one) will seriously screw up the aircon, not to mention the power requirements...
     
  7. barry99705

    barry99705 sudo rm -Rf /

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    It still uses "normal" video cards.
     
  8. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    Yeah. Thanks.

    It was a joke. :sigh:
     
  9. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    i want one, but i reckon i would have to sell my first born just to get near one!

    In response to that 10year thread, the Cray will be near the norm then!
     
  10. NiHiLiST

    NiHiLiST New-born car whore

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    Liar, you were being 100% serious and we all know it.
     
  11. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    rofl :D
     
  12. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    imagin a top spec model, and getting a hardware related BSOD, you would be inside that case for a month trying to find the fault! swapping out memory, and CPU's with boot tests.

    any idea on cost of one of these beasts!
     
  13. Volund

    Volund Am I supposed to care?

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    A massive ammount of money, the case alone is $8,810.00, with a mouse, keyboard, and power cable (no internals) it will cost you $9,162.00(usd)

    You can configure one here- https://cx1.cray.com/configurator/ConfigureBOM.aspx?state=773&opt=234

    I made one up that was ~$100,000.00
     
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  14. DarkEditioN

    DarkEditioN New Member

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    I think these things cost about 40000-60000$, At least Microsoft and Cray agreed so that these computers will have special Microsoft operating system just for them :D
     
  15. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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    You're having a laugh! It must be an awesome keyboard and mouse! And £62 for a power cable, wtf!
     
  16. LordLuciendar

    LordLuciendar meh.

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    Aww... makes my distributed computing project look small... *cries*
    But seriously, I don't know about the rest of you, but I could build one of these pretty easily.

    And also, another thought. If you need that sort of power and you're going to use that big a box, why not mount a small rack under/ next to the desk. That way if you wanted to make it easier on yourself, you could separate the racks to their own HVAC and electrical circuits.
     
  17. mm vr

    mm vr The cheesecake is a lie

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    Holy moley, that power cable is propably a 2 inch diameter full 24-carat gold cable just because the computer needs so much power... And that explains it's cost aswell :idea:
     
  18. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    Do you know how much power this thing would suck down? A $100+ power cord is a pretty damn good idea, especially considering that you probably need to use theirs in order to keep it under warranty. At least in the states, typical power leads are rated to 10a, and at 115v that gets you an absolute maximum of 1150w before you risk melting your cord. I wouldn't take my chances on a $100,000+ system.
     
  19. Mo_

    Mo_ Did this world come by chance?

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    looks are deceiving, but for $25,000 to well over $60,000 its a mighty beast.:jawdrop: the specs are mad. i would have this rather than a ferrari:eek:
     
  20. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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    Sucks for you, we have up to 13A at 240V giving us over 3KW to play with :D
    Whilst I agree on the sentiment of needing a beefy power cable, a normal single phase high-power cable (the ones with a circular blue end) should be fine. I very much doubt you will need a three phase for it.
     

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