The US Government has decided at last that it’s time for Skynet. They’ve tapped IBM to create a supercomputer nearly twenty times as powerful as the current world champion: IBM’s Roadrunner, running at 1.1 petaflops. The computer is to be in charge of making sure that America’s nuclear arsenal is in a working state at all times.
That seems like more of a job for guys with oilcans and geiger… → Read More
Actually, it might not fit. Aside from the awful photoshop job Giz points out, there’s no way of saying how big this thing is. I’m guessing somewhat bigger than a microwave, but I could be wrong and it could be as tall as Cleopatra’s needle. The CX1 has a bunch of “nodes” that you can customize with CPUs, hard drives and so on, and actually runs on Windows. You can… → Read More
Who knew that Cray was still a player in the supercomputing field? Not only that, but they’re making news. Cray computers have been using AMD processors for a while now, but Intel has convinced them to include Xeons in their 2010-scheduled "Cascade" series of machines instead of the current Opteron configuration. Getting Cray isn’t exactly a lethal blow to AMD, but it’s… → Read More
[photopress:psthree003.jpg,full,center] Now that Blu-ray is the decisive winner in the next-gen format wars, it’s time to take another look at the PS3. Game play and disc features aside, it’s a sound system. Did you know that scienticians use them to frickin’ model black holes? Maybe you can find one on sale. Why scientists love games consoles [The Telegraph] → Read More
Oh, wonderful. Apparently Iran has used 216 AMD processors to build the largest supercomputer in the country. AMD immediately responded by saying that it’s never shipped anything to Iran due to the big fat embargo the US has that prohibits exports to Iran. The computer system will be used for weather research and forecasting, according to Iranian scientists. Iranian Scientists Develop… → Read More