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Old 06-13-2008, 08:27 AM   #1
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists unveiled the world's fastest supercomputer Monday, a $100 million machine that for the first time has performed 1,000 trillion calculations per second in a sustained exercise.
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An IBM engineer inspects the world's fastest computer in the company's Poughkeepsie, New York, plant.

The technology breakthrough was accomplished by engineers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the IBM Corp. on a computer to be used primarily on nuclear weapons work, including simulating nuclear explosions.

The computer, named Roadrunner, is twice as fast as IBM's Blue Gene system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which itself is three times faster than any of the world's other supercomputers, according to IBM.

"The computer is a speed demon. It will allow us to solve tremendous problems," said Thomas D'Agostino, head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees nuclear weapons research and maintains the warhead stockpile.

But officials said the computer also could have a wide range of other applications in civilian engineering, medicine and science, from developing biofuels and designing more fuel-efficient cars to finding drug therapies and providing services to the financial industry.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists unveiled the world's fastest supercomputer Monday, a $100 million machine that for the first time has performed 1,000 trillion calculations per second in a sustained exercise.
art.computer.ap.jpg

An IBM engineer inspects the world's fastest computer in the company's Poughkeepsie, New York, plant.

The technology breakthrough was accomplished by engineers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the IBM Corp. on a computer to be used primarily on nuclear weapons work, including simulating nuclear explosions.

The computer, named Roadrunner, is twice as fast as IBM's Blue Gene system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which itself is three times faster than any of the world's other supercomputers, according to IBM.

"The computer is a speed demon. It will allow us to solve tremendous problems," said Thomas D'Agostino, head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees nuclear weapons research and maintains the warhead stockpile.

But officials said the computer also could have a wide range of other applications in civilian engineering, medicine and science, from developing biofuels and designing more fuel-efficient cars to finding drug therapies and providing services to the financial industry.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/06/09/f....ap/index.html
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was this the same machine they ran crysis on maximum settings and caused it to crash with a fatal error?
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ok just wondered
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was this the same machine they ran crysis on maximum settings and caused it to crash with a fatal error?
huh? yeah, the government is going to run crysis on a supercomputer, pretty sure that's not going to happen...
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i think it will crash or overheat or something bad.
i remember now they tried it on a machine at nasa and it crashed with a fatal error.
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6,948 dual-core CPU's.
12,960 cell engines.
80 terabytes of memory.
1,000 trillion operations per second.

I reckon this computer could run Crysis many times over with all the settings maxed, to multiple players!
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could be a 2mb integrated gpu though
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huh? yeah, the government is going to run crysis on a supercomputer, pretty sure that's not going to happen...
NASA tried it with their supercomputer. And failed miserably. They ran it max for 10 minutes, and got a fatal error.
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