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IBM on Tuesday said that the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory will use IBM's next-generation Blue Gene supercomputer to enable significant advances in areas such as designing ultra-efficient electric car batteries, understanding global climate change and exploring the evolution of our universe. The new supercomputer will deliver 10 PetaFLOPS performance and will be powered by IBM’s multi-core PowerPC chip.
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I forgot the source in the title. Article is from Xbit.
Edited by Liranan - 2/11/11 at 12:34am
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I'd like to fold on that.
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I'd like to fold on that.
Aqua@Home blasphemer!
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I think the reasons for building this pc just further push the political propaganda.

Understanding "climate change" the only thing we can understand is that it ALWAYS is changing, regardless of what humans do.

Also, investigating better batteries for electric cars? Electric cars will be much much more expensive then any fossil fuel car, because electricity is already more expensive, not only that but our electric grids can barely handle the load now, let alone if everyone was charging there cars.

OT: That machine is a beast for sure. Wonder what they have using to cool all those racks...
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How much ppd would this get?
     
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How much ppd would this get?
With the two 955's I have I get over 8000 PPD running Aqua. The CPU shares its resources with Leiden and a few other BOINC programmes, so this super computer would definitely get over 9000. I just have no idea how much over 9000.
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How much ppd would this get?
Extremely hypothetical situation incoming:

Based on this thread- http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...80x-flops.html

A 980x can reach 98 GFLOPS at 4.4Ghz and the CPU PPD database- http://www.overclock.net/overclock-n...-database.html

shows they yield an average of ~32000 PPD at 4.2Ghz, so those are relatively comparable.

So, ignoring the fact that these supercomputers don't run x86 and any other factors, Mira has 102041 times the FLOPS performance, so assuming a linear increase in PPD with FLOPS and ignoring the additional bonus PPD it would theoretically have, it would get over 3 billion PPD.
    
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IBM should just save their r&d budget, and build nVidia tesla like the chineese are. I think that 3 out of the 10 fastest supercomputers are running tesla now? And I'll bet they could fold really well.
http://www.computerweekly.com/Articl...idia-Tesla.htm
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With the two 955's I have I get over 8000 PPD running Aqua. The CPU shares its resources with Leiden and a few other BOINC programmes, so this super computer would definitely get over 9000. I just have no idea how much over 9000.
We'd have to get a scouter I'm sure.
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Hey IBM! Boincers gone bonkers 4 is coming up, can I borrow this? Actually don't bother, I don't fancy setting my fuse box on fire!
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