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It seems like every time you turn around, there's a new "record-breaking supercomputer." Well, IBM has made another one; this sucker is twice as fast as the previous record holder and the PlayStation 3 Cell processor sits firmly at its core.

According to GameSpot and the BBC, Roadrunner runs at ridiculous petaflop - one thousand trillion calculations per second - speeds, which easily tops what was the most powerful computer in the world, the BlueGene/L. That one runs at 478.2 teraflops (trillions of calcs/second, not thousands of trillions calcs/second), and uses 212,992 processors. But believe it or not, Roadrunner needs only 20,000 chips as the special design will utilize "both conventional Opteron processors made by AMD and the PlayStation 3's Cell processor. " This project took "several years" of work by engineers from Sony, IBM and Toshiba, and the result is a machine that uses 13,000 of the PS3's Cell processors, with each one of the 8-core chips performing at speeds of 4GHz. Roadrunner's first practical task? To show up at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and "monitor the country's nuclear stockpile." Sounds important.

Remember during the dawn of the computing age when a computer would take up an entire room and barely be able to play tic-tac-toe? Yeah, things have changed. Roadrunner will need a lot of space, of course, but it's probably a gajillion times more powerful; it'll be housed in 288 refrigerator-sized cases and linked together with 57 miles of fibre-optic cable. Oh, and while we all know the PS3 consumes a giant amount of power, that pales in comparison to the three megawatts of power Roadrunner is going to need. And here's the final set of statistics that will make your head swim, as offered by the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Thomas P. D'Agostino:

If everybody on earth (that's about 6 billion people) used a regular ol' calculator 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, it would take them 46 years to perform the calculations Roadrunner could manage in one day. ...now we know why the Coyote was never able to catch his quarry.
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But can it run crysis??

That never gets old
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But can it run crysis??

That never gets old
at the same time its sad how many people think computers are just for games, and that games are all that a computer does.
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at the same time its sad how many people think computers are just for games, and that games are all that a computer does.
Games are like performance automotive racing...
Those that complain don't see the benefits that are reaped through the development!
    
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But can it run crysis??

That never gets old
Yes it can, IF they want to run crisis on it they could..



PS : Note that you never said anything about the settings, all you said was can it run crisis.
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at the same time its sad how many people think computers are just for games, and that games are all that a computer does.
Computers are used for two things: Games and work.

What would be sad is if someone thought all computers were for was for work.
    
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Games are like performance automotive racing...
Those that complain don't see the benefits that are reaped through the development!
I complain about the gamer's perception of what computers are for, not the fact that the production and growth of video games has undoubtedly been responsible for many advances in computing (the sound card, discrete graphics, parallel processing in gpu's).

So I am complaining about people looking at innovation of computing and how it affects games. Not how it affects the majority of computers used by regular people, businesses, schools. Not how it affects the majority of computing power used by supercomputers. The hardware to fulfill these specific uses may not be good for gaming, so some people look down upon it.

It's like someone saying "the prius is a piece of crap" because its not good for automotive racing or instinctively asking, before anything else (about a car) "how fast is the 0-60?"
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but will it blend?
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It's like someone saying "the prius is a piece of crap" because its not good for automotive racing or instinctively asking, before anything else (about a car) "how fast is the 0-60?"
Remember, you brought up the Prius... trust me you wanted to pick a different car....



A sum up of the review:


Om the topic of the Cell powered supercomputer, what took them this long? This seems to me the very reason IBM helped design Cell in the first place - it seemed patently obvious when the F@H client popped up and the PS3's took over.
Edited by Jarhead - 6/10/08 at 1:52pm
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Is Prius a Mac?
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