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(Chicago Trib)   University's supercomputer debuts at 11.6 quadrillion calculations per second, or to put that in terms the average user can understand, roughly 2.7 million porn downloads per hour   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 58
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2013-03-27 08:40:55 PM
Does it have to be connected to the Internet in order to work?
 
2013-03-27 09:03:35 PM
and Minecraft still gets bogged down on it.
 
2013-03-27 11:35:27 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i50.tinypic.com image 775x1161]

But it's still on dial-up


Who is this?
 
2013-03-28 12:37:25 AM

Hebalo: and Minecraft still gets bogged down on it.


Once upon a time, maybe 2 years ago, Minecraft used to run fine on my system. They've added so much shiat since leaving beta that my computer doesn't handle it nearly as well anymore. (I think raising the sky limit to 256 is a large part of it) Occasionally when the character spawns, I fall through the ground and die.
 
2013-03-28 01:27:36 AM

doglover: Who downloads porn?


Everyone.  "Streaming" is still downloading(usually), it just hides the file.(which they're getting progressively better at doing, much to my dismay)

WhippingBoy: Sybarite: Does anybody need that much porno?

I understand all the words, but your question makes no sense.


It must be code for something.
 
2013-03-28 11:50:36 AM

grinding_journalist: Aren't supercomputers nowadays a whole bunch of consumer-grade processors strung together with the necessary cooling and power infrastructure to keep them all running? Is there such a thing as "supercomputer specific" hardware anymore? I vaguely recall Crays in the early 90s had very little in common with hardware available to consumers.


sort of.  a lot of progress has been made in getting 'clusters' to work more efficiently... fiber interconnects, GPUs, co-processors, terrabyte SSDs... fairly specialized hardware... but not as exotic as it was in the past...  my son attends Purdue and is on the 'cluster challenge' team... they attended the SC12 conference in SLC last fall and will be in Leipzig, Germany for the European super computing conference in June...
they have some hardware donated from HP (they just installed a large HP cluster on campus last summer.. so HP throws them a bone for these 'contests')... here are some specs on what the teams used in the Salt Lake City competition.

If you want more info about the competition I would suggest reading all of the stories from the author of that article (Dan Olds) he covered the whole thing, multiple stories about each team, the results, LINPAK scores...
 
2013-03-28 01:16:05 PM
Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these hyurk hyurk hyurk check out how low my Slashdot ID is
 
2013-03-28 01:38:14 PM

kibbled: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i50.tinypic.com image 775x1161]

But it's still on dial-up

Who is this?


Random girl I found on Foobies. (Plug here for Drew) I use Foobies for just about all my shoops that require a nice looking young lady.
 
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