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Japan takes Sparc to 8 Petaflops

6/20/2011 08:00 AM EDT
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sohonokos
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sohonokos   6/20/2011 4:57:34 PM
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10MW with 68,000 processers?! D-Wave is targeting a couple of Kilowatt pwr with a SINGLE chip processor.

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kqalea   6/21/2011 3:42:31 AM
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hmm, I don't think D-wave Get any compiler to use :) beside The D-wave never say they can stable calculate long time 8 Petaflops sound much real to me

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selinz   6/20/2011 7:56:56 PM
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I'd be curious to see how the users of these system compare. Entertainment, gaming, academic, industrial, etc.

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Neo10   6/21/2011 4:46:36 AM
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Quite impressive I would say, that too without using the GPUs for number crunching. That they used a Sparc makes it all the more interesting because of it's legacy architecture. I guess nearly 30% of that power is used by the system itself apart of the cores. But still it is a huge power and could nearly dominate the expenditure for any institution using this level of processing. of course this mega processing would only be deployed in govt R&D and weather stations in drug development by big pharma companies. Though these numbers are pleasing, it would be more valuableto see some really affordable super computing within the budget of a medium sized company, say for ex: $100k-500K

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Jack.L   6/21/2011 5:45:17 PM
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We do have cost effective super computing .... it is likely sitting on your desk in front of you! Supercomputing is all time relative. A Cray-1 peaked at 160Mips, 250MFlops.... a small fraction of what the processor and GPU in your laptop and desktop are capable of. So yes, this level of performance will arrive at $100K - $500K, then $5K and maybe even $500 ... it will just take time.

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bhhlophe   6/22/2011 6:40:06 PM
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I wonder how many of those systems use FPGAs for algorithm acceleration as Xilinx and Alteration claim massive performance gains. Imagine a supercomputer with Xilinx Virtex-7-2000s that can be cool but also a programming challenge.

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