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[arstechnica] World’s top supercomputer from ‘09 is now obsolete, will be dismantled

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Five years ago, an IBM-built supercomputer designed to model the decay of the US nuclear weapons arsenal was clocked at speeds no computer in the history of Earth had ever reached. At more than one quadrillion floating point operations per second (that's a million billion, or a "petaflop"), the aptly-named Roadrunner was so far ahead of the competition that it earned the #1 slot on the Top 500 supercomputer list in June 2008, November 2008, and one last time in June 2009.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/03/worlds-fastest-supercomputer-from-09-is-now-obsolete-will-be-dismantled/
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Well, you know...if they don't want it...I have room in my basement.

It would make for a lovely test environment.

#1 in 2009 would probably still make the top 20 today I'd think...I'd have to bring up the list, but a petaflop per second is hardly obsolete.
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Hopefully they split it down into smaller units which can be used for other tasks since it's still a useful machine.
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It's not really that hard to actually read the articles is it?
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While the computer is still one of the 22 fastest in the world, it isn't energy-efficient enough to make the power bill worth it.
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

Well, you know...if they don't want it...I have room in my basement.

It would make for a lovely test environment.

#1 in 2009 would probably still make the top 20 today I'd think...I'd have to bring up the list, but a petaflop per second is hardly obsolete.

I remember there was someone commenting on supercomputers, (something like) "We have reached an era where an annual electrical bills [powering and cooling] can exceed the construction cost of a supercomputer."
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Fold on it!
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I don't think we'll see an exaflop supercomputer before 2020. Maybe a couple years earlier but that's it.

Imagine how similar buildings were once used to house computers far less powerful than the laptops and tablets we have today. I bet that in a few decades from now we'll have portable devices with the performance of these beasts.
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I don't think we'll see an exaflop supercomputer before 2020. Maybe a couple years earlier but that's it.

Imagine how similar buildings were once used to house computers far less powerful than the laptops and tablets we have today. I bet that in a few decades from now we'll have portable devices with the performance of these beasts.

Not with silicon we wont. I don't even think Silicene will. Graphene is promising but we don't have very many gadgets that use it. If any consumer ones.
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I could understand...it's like folding 24/7 on an old P4. power consumption is just not worth it.
 
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Not with silicon we wont. I don't even think Silicene will. Graphene is promising but we don't have very many gadgets that use it. If any consumer ones.

I don't know about that man, if you have enough racks...
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