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DeltaSierra

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Cray gears up fastest supercomputer

By John G. Spooner
Special to ZDNet News
November 14, 2002, 7:14 AM PT



Cray announced on Thursday a new supercomputer that will leave its fastest counterparts in the dust.
The maker of supercomputers, based in Seattle, says its X1 will offer up to 52.4 teraflops, or trillion mathematical calculations per second. Reaching that level requires 4,098 custom-designed 800MHz Cray processors.

Supercomputers harness the collective power of a large number of processors. Scientists apply this power to predict the weather, conduct experiments or simulate nuclear explosions; companies use it to design and test products such as automobiles and airplanes. The fastest supercomputer in use right now, NEC's Earth Simulator, delivers 35.6 teraflops. It tops a field of some 900 supercomputers ranked by market researcher IDC in May.



Aside from creating the X1 systems, Cray is also under contract to build a supercomputer for Sandia National Laboratories that is capable of 40 teraflops. The machine, dubbed Red Storm, will contain about 10,000 Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processors and is scheduled to debut in 2004.

IBM is also working on faster supercomputers, and SGI has introduced a new machine of its own, the Origin 3900.

Ultimately, Cray and others would like to reach a petaflop, or 1,000 trillion mathematical calculations per second. The company said its X1 systems will be able to reach the petaflop mark by 2010.

So far, five early-production X1s have passed tests by the U.S. Army's High Performance Computing Research Center and other customers.

Cray plans to ship the final versions of the X1 later this year. The supercomputer will start at $2.5 million, Cray said. A fully outfitted X1 will likely cost much more, however.

Spain's National Institute of Meteorology, for example, has placed an $8.4 million order for an X1.
 

Codeman05

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:eek: Put me down for a dozen





hehe I wish, wonder how many WU's one of those bad boys could churn out in a day
 

EyelessFace

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Aside from creating the X1 systems, Cray is also under contract to build a supercomputer for Sandia National Laboratories that is capable of 40 teraflops. The machine, dubbed Red Storm, will contain about 10,000 Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processors and is scheduled to debut in 2004.

Catch that? 10,000 Opteron! Holy ****e!
 
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DeltaSierra

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Codeman05 said:
wonder how many WU's one of those bad boys could churn out in a day

[email protected] states that an average WU requires about 3.9 trillion FLOPS to complete. The X1 can run at 52.4 teraflops. If my math is right, that's about 13 WUs per second or 1.1 million WUs per day. Well worth the $2.5 million!
 

Codeman05

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drooooooolllll......13WU's a second......thats insane!
1,123,200 WU's a day! We'd be #1 in no time lol
 

Greg M

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With that kind of workload, you would have to buy 2. You would need one to run the SETIQueue. ;)

The other issue is that Berkeley would need some more bandwidth.

So, who wants to contribute to the new OCSETITeam stomp monster?:burn:
 

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Only problem would be trying to keep your poor cache full!! You'd probably need a connection to three or more caches that were constantly downloading from berkeley just to keep it's apitite under control!

Or donate it to berkeley and get a few gigabit connections to the server directly ;)

Who says we sould raffle for THAT!
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Cuper

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Um, I would be boared after about 4 days!! What fun is it to kill the comp. in one when you could be number one in Gnome, Folding, and Seti!!!
 

Greg M

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You guys realize that $2.5 million number is for starters. If you want CPU's, those cost extra.;) For example, the 40 teraflop Opteron system mentioned above goes for $90 million.