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When you're looking to set a record this is how you do it. Not only has IBM's Roadrunner supercomputer come on-line, it's now the world's fastest -- twice as fast as the old BluGene/L champ -- and churning through 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second. The $133 million supercomputer achieved the milestone with the help of 12,960 "improved" Cell processors (yes, like those powering your PS3) and a smaller number of AMD Opteron processors -- 116,640 processor cores in total. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending upon your perspective), Roadrunner is for military use only so you'll have to solve the traveling salesman problem on your own time. While not quite into Exaflop territory, we're definitely on the way.
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sexy but i wonder why the millitary needs one of these... hmm...
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sexy but i wonder why the millitary needs one of these... hmm...
It's on a need to know basis, and you don't need to know. Look, over there! *runs away*

Supercomputers are simply amazing..........I bet the NSA has owned one of these for some time.....if they're just now releasing info to the public.....who knows what sort of power that they have on their hands right now...
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Now plays Crysis at high resolutions at 40 FPS! Yay!
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It's on a need to know basis, and you don't need to know. Look, over there! *runs away*

Supercomputers are simply amazing..........I bet the NSA has owned one of these for some time.....if they're just now releasing info to the public.....who knows what sort of power that they have on their hands right now...
Yeah, the military/government is always years ahead of the consumer in technology. The "New" technology Sprint and Verizon use (CDMA) was used for top secret information exchanged by the government from the seventies up until this last decade.

I bet they have things right now that would blow our minds, like the hydrogen engine, advanced cloaking devices, nano robots, flying saucers, time machines, CB radio linked to God and so forth....They have to ease these things out or there will be choas!!

That's a super powerful computer. I wonder what it's super Pi 32MB score is 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 second. EDIT: LOL I'm dumb, super PI is single threaded... It's only the best becaule of the Opterons in it!!

I've been wondering and maybe you guys can help. I heard our brains process 40,000,000,000 bits per second (2000-3000 we're aware of.) I also heard there are 8 bits in a byte. So that would be almost five gigs a second. What would that translate to in Flops? I know higher flops mean faster, but I'm not sure how it translates into bits/bytes per second.
Edited by Keeng James - 6/9/08 at 10:15am
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sexy but i wonder why the millitary needs one of these... hmm...
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It will be used principally to solve classified military problems to ensure that the nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons will continue to work correctly as they age. The Roadrunner will simulate the behavior of the weapons in the first fraction of a second during an explosion.
Here is a much better article via slashdot if anyone is interested.
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Why not just go with a lot of graphics card like that one university did in Europe?
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Why not just go with a lot of graphics card like that one university did in Europe?
Probably because IBM helped make the cell.
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What is with people keep posting crap about Crysis, Crysis is very little dependent on CPU so its would not matter...and also quote my signature for Crysis

but anyways besides crysis crap, this is really cool, I can see NASA fully using it for stuff, thats about it
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sexy but i wonder why the millitary needs one of these... hmm...
Physics simulations to build better bombs?
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