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TarraTarra!
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re: China, GPUs on the rise in Top 500 list
TarraTarra!   11/13/2012 5:43:47 AM
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It used to be that supercomputers used highly specialized processors, interconnects and software. It appears today that this space is getting commoditized. How to build a supercomputer: 1. Find lots of money 2. Take a pick of a few CPU vendors -IBM blue-gene, Intel Xeon, AMD Opteron; 3. Pick a co-processor preferably a graphics processor from any company starting with n 4. Choose an interconnect - Infiniband from Mellanox or Ethernet 5. Choose the switching topology fat-tree/ mesh and then the switch vendor based on (4) above. 6. Pick a light-weight OS 7. Run linpack 8. Make some noise on energy efficiency to sound like you are environmentally concious. Then go back to your mega-watt design 9. If not in the top500, add more cpus, switches, try again!

GREAT-Terry
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re: China, GPUs on the rise in Top 500 list
GREAT-Terry   11/16/2011 9:48:21 AM
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I have interest to understand how many different architectures are there among all top supercomputer? Is it just a matter of number of processors used or there indeed is some mystery?

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re: China, GPUs on the rise in Top 500 list
alex128   11/14/2011 9:09:56 PM
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I just cannot figure out why this has to have China (or US) name-tagged. To me it's like paying Barcelona FC, Real Madrid, and AC Milan together to represent China in the World Cup. In the end, it's the three clubs making a huge load of money and nothing to do with China.

chanj0
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re: China, GPUs on the rise in Top 500 list
chanj0   11/14/2011 4:31:35 PM
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The competition of building the fastest computer has helped propelling the development of faster processors, faster interconnect bus and communication link. As far as I remember, Japan is leading as of today just a couple weeks ago. China was a couple month ago. Who will earn the lead by when?



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