Breaking News
Iridis4 Supercomputer Accelerates Big Research
10/18/2013

The Iridis4 supercomputer at the University of Southampton is on an IBM Intelligent Cluster x86 architecture.
(Source: University of Southampton)
The Iridis4 supercomputer at the University of Southampton is on an IBM Intelligent Cluster x86 architecture.
(Source: University of Southampton)

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
goafrit
User Rank
Manager
Re: Supercomputers
goafrit   11/1/2013 8:21:35 PM
NO RATINGS
>> Where as cloudcomputing is used for data coloboration and integrations among many users mainly.

But you can use cloud computing to accomplish some tasks which supercomputing does by using distributed processors in parallel which cloud offers you. I think they are related in how you can use them to accomplish tasks.

goafrit
User Rank
Manager
Re: Supercomputers
goafrit   11/1/2013 8:19:51 PM
NO RATINGS
>> @goafrit nimbix offer their own cloud that includes Multicore processors, GPU's and Dsp's and i believe they are working on adding FPGA computing(using convey) for their system.

What do you mean Nimbix offers cloud that includes multicore processors? What is thar relevant to know the processors and GPUs in cloud since it is about your accessing it and not what they have used to host it. An explanation??

jeremybirch
User Rank
CEO
Re: Supercomputers
jeremybirch   10/21/2013 12:36:04 PM
NO RATINGS
that is about $420 per processor - so about the price of a low end laptop (or an Ipad) for something with quite a lot more oomph. You can pay anywhere between $200 and $2000 just for a Xeon processor (admittedly in somewhat lower volumes!). I wonder what the spec of the processor's is.

And of course that much RAM, cabinet, disk and cabling etc does not come cheap either

 

Kinnar
User Rank
CEO
Re: Supercomputers
Kinnar   10/21/2013 7:47:56 AM
NO RATINGS
Supercomputing and Cloudcomputing are two different terms leading to different technologies and requirements. Generaly heavy processing speeds algorithms needs supercomputers mailly used in researches at the universities except few exceptional cases. Where as cloudcomputing is used for data coloboration and integrations among many users mainly.

rick merritt
User Rank
Author
Super-cool
rick merritt   10/20/2013 10:28:31 AM
NO RATINGS
These are amazing systems, and multi-petaflop systems out there now too!

alex_m1
User Rank
CEO
Re: Supercomputers
alex_m1   10/20/2013 10:26:06 AM
NO RATINGS
@goafrit nimbix offer their own cloud that includes Multicore processors, GPU's and Dsp's and i believe they are working on adding FPGA computing(using convey) for their system.

 

 

goafrit
User Rank
Manager
Re: Supercomputers
goafrit   10/20/2013 8:57:27 AM
NO RATINGS
>> Nimbix and CycleCloud

Did they build the supercomputer that power the cloud computing themselves? I mean are these two firms supercomputer vendors?

alex_m1
User Rank
CEO
Re: Supercomputers
alex_m1   10/20/2013 7:52:43 AM
NO RATINGS
Nimbix and CycleCloud are offering supercomputing  capabilities, whil running on the amazon cloud. But in some cases it's cheaper to buy than rent.

BTW , i believe that Google and Amazon compute center are the largest comouters ever build.

goafrit
User Rank
Manager
Supercomputers
goafrit   10/19/2013 11:50:06 PM
NO RATINGS
2 saves
>> The Iridis4, which the University of Southampton ranks as one of the top 10 fastest supercomputers in the UK, was purchased from IBM for $5.1 million

That is a lot of money for a machine. No wonder IBM is building its future in this space if that is how much it costs. I think IBM should figure out a way to make that power available in the cloud so that people can rent easily. Not many institutions can afford that in this era of austerity. Imagine where I can plug in via the web and get Watson to work for me, say for 10 minutes, without breaking a bank.

August Cartoon Caption Winner!
August Cartoon Caption Winner!
"All the King's horses and all the KIng's men gave up on Humpty, so they handed the problem off to Engineering."
5 comments
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed
Flash Poll
Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.