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http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2012/10/29/163894669/why-is-this-supercomputer-so-superfast just saw this post up. My company is in the mix with these folks in Oak Ridge. This is cool to see.

This is my first news post so let me know what I screwed up and I'll fixer' quick. thumb.gif
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Ohhh they're STICKERS. And here I thought the front of that supercomputer was a whole bunch of portrait 60" LCD screens which would blast colors at whoever was looking. Disappointed frown.gif

Good read though.
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Thats what I was thinking on the stickers, luv those 3d glasses as well.
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Its good to know that the video game industry has pushed development of graphic cards to achieve this supercomputer. Unfortunately majority of video game devs are too blind sided to use the full potential of these cards. Instead everything is easier to run a la consolitis.
Edited by Onex - 10/30/12 at 8:24am
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Couple of things wrong with that article. One, their corporate headquarters is in Seattle, Washington, not Wisconsin. Chippewa falls is where most of the builds take place though and USED to be their headquarters a long long time ago before SGI bought them and then sold them many years later to Tera Computer. Second, the idea to use GPU's as main processors has been in development for decades, not the last few years. SGI was doing it before they bought Cray and was using the fast interconnects to experiment with GPU processing using Intel chips and then nVidia and AMD GPU's.

This is pretty cool though. I have always loved the work Cray has done and was excited to work with their technology when I was hired at SGI. The Crayons, were upset when SGI bought them due to different priorities and were happy when they were sold to Tera Computer so they could focus on Super Computers again. Good for them, Seymour would be happy.
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Its good to know that the video game industry has pushed development of graphic cards to achieve this supercomputer. Unfortunately majority of video game devs are too blind sided to use the full potential of these cards. Instead everything is easier to run a la consolitis.

You're making incorrect assumptions about game developers. There's a good chance that they know more about game development than you.

Food for thought.
Edited by lordikon - 10/30/12 at 9:33am
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I highly doubt it is the developers. Its the ones that give the developers money and want to maximize the profit of their investment. They have no concern of a quality game if it is hyped up enough to sell many copies. Like: Battlefield 3

OT: its good to see computers taking up entire rooms again, reminds me of....oh I wasn't born yet then. biggrin.gif
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While we upgrade our CPUs from i3's to i5's to i7's the real geeks are upgrading by the petaflops.
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Kinda interesting to see how powerful it is compared to a regular computer and how much it costs.
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You're making incorrect assumptions about game developers. There's a good chance that they know more about game development than you.
Food for thought.
Why does everyone say "devs" this and devs that? Don't they only do as their publisher/time/money allows?
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