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green_ee
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re: Adapteva Kickstarts Hundred-dollar Supercomputer
green_ee   10/1/2012 3:54:43 PM
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I laud their efforts, but 26Gflops wont get a mention on the "Top-500" list of supercomputers.

jeremybennett
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jeremybennett   10/1/2012 4:07:10 PM
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Nor will $99 for the supercomputer!

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re: Adapteva Kickstarts Hundred-dollar Supercomputer
rksnider   10/1/2012 4:50:20 PM
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Please stop calling it a supercomputer. 90 GFLOPS is not even close to 16.32 petaflops (IBM BlueGene/Q - June 2012 fastest Top500) http://top500.org/lists/2012/06 This is like saying that someone is building a Formula One equivalent race car that can travel 230 miles in 20.7 years (instead of an hour). A tech reporter should know better, so stop propagating misperceptions....

paul020
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re: Adapteva Kickstarts Hundred-dollar Supercomputer
paul020   10/1/2012 5:15:24 PM
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But a super computer contains many boards, not 1. To make a super computer with $99 boards, or $199 boards - yes.

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re: Adapteva Kickstarts Hundred-dollar Supercomputer
docdivakar   10/1/2012 5:21:00 PM
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What this really could become is a small subunit of a massively parallel supercomputer. By itself, it is not a supercomputer! I agree the title is misleading but I laud the developers efforts. MP Divakar

rksnider
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re: Adapteva Kickstarts Hundred-dollar Supercomputer
rksnider   10/1/2012 5:59:54 PM
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As an investor, I would not invest in them for the following reasons: First, the economics don't make sense. Take Nvidia's Tesla as a comparison point: Nvidia Tesla C2050 (~1TFLOP for ~$1900) = 1.9 $dollar/GFLOP and Parallella is proposing 90 GFLOPs for $199 = 2.2 $dollars/GFLOP You can't enter a market place and not be compelling on the price/performance curve as compared to the competition. Second, You can't add cores without keeping them busy, which means significant memory bandwidth must be supplied. This is the biggest issue when it comes to multi-core computer performance. It's interesting that they say nothing about memory or memory bandwith. Third, History hasn't been kind to multicore startups. Take the 2008 article: Five Multicore Chip Startups to Watch http://gigaom.com/2008/07/16/five-multicore-startups-to-watch/ Only one still in existance?

jacktor6
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re: Adapteva Kickstarts Hundred-dollar Supercomputer
jacktor6   10/1/2012 6:57:44 PM
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what about GFLOPS/Watt ?

jeremybennett
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re: Adapteva Kickstarts Hundred-dollar Supercomputer
jeremybennett   10/2/2012 7:24:24 AM
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Indeed, power is the key differentiator. This processor was designed for embedded applications. BlueGene/Q 483W/TFlop Nvidia C2050 479W/TFlop Parallella 55W/TFlop At BlueGene/Q scale that would reduce power consumption to around 1MW (from 8MW), saving around $7M in annual running costs at wholesale electricity prices.

krisi
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re: Adapteva Kickstarts Hundred-dollar Supercomputer
krisi   10/3/2012 4:17:26 PM
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Good luck Adapteva!



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