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[GZ] The World’s Fastest Computer Is Being Slowed Down By Too Much Gold.

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http://gizmodo.com/5990746/the-worlds-fastest-computer-is-being-slowed-down-by-too-much-gold
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Powered by a mixture of CPUs and GPUs, Titan is home to 18,688 nodes, each of which contains an AMD 16-core Opteron and a NVIDIA Tesla K20X GPU accelerator. All told, that's a whopping 560,640 processors, which are capable of 17.59 quadrillion operations per second. For perspective, Sequoia snatched the top spot back in June with a mere 16.32 quadrillion.

Currently the connectors affect the ability of the GPUs to communicate with the main processors. That's a result of too much gold mixed in with the solder to create the connections—which renders them brittle and liable to fail. Oops. The motherboards are currently back with Cray, the manufacturers, for repairs.
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So Mr T shares his troubles with supercomputers.

On topic though, seems like something someone ought to have thought about before they even drew up the case art... Atleast it wasn't launched into space.
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Um, I'm pretty sure Monster Cables have effectively proven gold is great for electronics.
My TV is connected with Monster HDMI Extra Gold Upscaling cables right now, and i can tell you it was worth every one of those 2500 dollars.

Im sure it's a jest but, yeah. Monster Solder!
 
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No such thing as "too much gold!"
 
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I always wondered why companies put gold plated USB connectors on their mice/keyboards. They say it's for "Maximum speed and durability".
I dunno, maybe I just don't have enough swag to handle it.
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I din't know AMD's Opteron is inside worlds faster computer, good job AMD biggrin.gif
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I always wondered why companies put gold plated USB connectors on their mice/keyboards. They say it's for "Maximum speed and durability".
I dunno, maybe I just don't have enough swag to handle it.

Us pros cut the cords and strip them, weave 'em into a necklase and use the sensor to replace our brakelights. The Func MS3 is all the rage nowadays but once does cray motherboards become more available I can see my self scraping of the solder, melt it and drip it all over my shirt. For shizzle.

(I made inlines from the scroll wheels for my cat.)
 
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i pity the gpu, that can't communicate with the main processors. biggrin.gif
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Ahh brings back fond memories of the Nvidia gpu solder issues. Maybe they should have just baked them.
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You can never have enough gold, sugah!
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They should have used silver. Better conductor than either, and also resistant to corrosion.
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