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(NBC News)   The Roadrunner supercomputer is being shut down. Super geniuses everywhere mourn, cancel their ACME catalog subscription   (m.nbcnews.com) divider line 28
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2013-03-31 09:02:42 AM
Beep beep
 
2013-03-31 09:10:07 AM

Enormous-Schwanstucker: Beep beep


Meep meep.

/FTFY
 
2013-03-31 09:18:32 AM
img.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-31 10:04:04 AM
I've never played with supercomputer scale problems but I've done a course in FEA. To properly describe an object would take massive matrices and lots of trigonometry, but it was all interconnected. So I understand why you'd want to keep your data in touch with all the other data points in the matrix, sort of.

It's strange to think about distributed computing vs super computing. An outsider has a hard time wrapping one's mind around the difference, and quite frankly I'm not sure where the line is. I know on DC you do single thread tasks that are not interdependent, but where's the point of complexity that breaks between DC and SC? I guess that's a CompSci issue, I just used ALGOR for my mechanical engineering course.

/Back in the day they'd do FEA by hand
//Instead of a steno pool they'd have a floor of women doing math.
///Which is why I think you should be able to break anything down to DC.
 
2013-03-31 10:04:30 AM
Imagine a Beowolf cluster of those things...
 
2013-03-31 10:23:54 AM
To save folks some time it was a  Opteron and Cell hybrid  running RH/Fedora.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Roadrunner
 
2013-03-31 10:32:27 AM

maddogdelta: Imagine a Beowolf cluster of those things...


ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
 
2013-03-31 10:37:31 AM

wildcardjack: I've never played with supercomputer scale problems but I've done a course in FEA. To properly describe an object would take massive matrices and lots of trigonometry, but it was all interconnected. So I understand why you'd want to keep your data in touch with all the other data points in the matrix, sort of.

It's strange to think about distributed computing vs super computing. An outsider has a hard time wrapping one's mind around the difference, and quite frankly I'm not sure where the line is. I know on DC you do single thread tasks that are not interdependent, but where's the point of complexity that breaks between DC and SC? I guess that's a CompSci issue, I just used ALGOR for my mechanical engineering course.

/Back in the day they'd do FEA by hand
//Instead of a steno pool they'd have a floor of women doing math.
///Which is why I think you should be able to break anything down to DC.


balance of  process/thread execution time vs communications latency and/or overall communications bandwidth
 
2013-03-31 10:43:08 AM
So, new Fark server coming soon, or is Red Tube gonna snap it up at the surplus auction?

/Honestly curious about what's going to happen to it
 
2013-03-31 10:50:43 AM

buzzcut73: So, new Fark server coming soon, or is Red Tube gonna snap it up at the surplus auction?

/Honestly curious about what's going to happen to it


The article mentioned that they are going to dismantle it.  What they're going to do with the parts, who knows what.
Considering how bad the government takes security over at Los Alamos, I wouldn't be surprised if they sell the parts and some of them end up in China or a rogue nation.
 
2013-03-31 10:56:29 AM
Well, it's good that they shut that thing down.  It was going faster by the hour.
 
2013-03-31 11:08:06 AM
i595.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-31 11:09:28 AM
Meep! Mee... daisy, daisy, give me your answer do...
 
2013-03-31 11:27:43 AM
Damn, that thing could go faster miles-per-hour.

/with the radio on
 
2013-03-31 11:54:32 AM
Anyone who thinks you can just simply unplug a supercomputer has never watched the Terminator films
 
2013-03-31 12:40:30 PM

Leader O'Cola: maddogdelta: Imagine a Beowolf cluster of those things...

ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


;)

About 10 years ago on Slashdot, every time a new supercomputer was announced, one of the Weenerss was always Beowolf cluster related.  So I just had to make a similar post on Fark.

// I'm old
// Get off my lawn

{ there are other ways to post }
REM comments
 
2013-03-31 01:01:43 PM

buzzcut73: So, new Fark server coming soon, or is Red Tube gonna snap it up at the surplus auction?

/Honestly curious about what's going to happen to it


It'll probably be put through an industrial shredder (No, really.  I'm being serious)
 
2013-03-31 01:02:31 PM
The thing is five years old, once once the fastest in the world, still in the top 25 ... and they're retiring it for being too slow.

/well, too slow relative to its operating costs
 
2013-03-31 02:15:13 PM
Sources say it was fast, but so help you god if you actually try calling support..
 
2013-03-31 02:33:17 PM
Just think someday we'll have cell phones with more processing power.
 
2013-03-31 02:45:43 PM
It's OK for the car, wouldn't want in my house.
 
2013-03-31 03:16:18 PM

Skyfrog: Just think someday we'll have cell phones with more processing power.


no, you won't.
 
2013-03-31 04:11:51 PM

Leader O'Cola: Skyfrog: Just think someday we'll have cell phones with more processing power.

no, you won't.


640k is enough for anyone.
 
2013-03-31 06:41:25 PM

Hand Banana: Leader O'Cola: Skyfrog: Just think someday we'll have cell phones with more processing power.

no, you won't.

640k is enough for anyone.


Nice snark

Now ill offer you a challenge

Assume cell phone processor chip size remains constant

Take the linpack score of roadrunner

Assume overall clock speed remains constant

Back of the envelope per the above the average minimal 'transistor' size/volume

Come back and admit how dumb your comment was
 
2013-03-31 09:47:51 PM
www.raybendici.com
 
2013-03-31 10:05:54 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

What a Roadrunner may look like.
 
2013-04-01 05:54:30 PM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Anyone who thinks you can just simply unplug a supercomputer has never watched the Terminator films


Or superman iii
 
2013-04-03 07:04:38 PM

rediam: buzzcut73: So, new Fark server coming soon, or is Red Tube gonna snap it up at the surplus auction?

/Honestly curious about what's going to happen to it

It'll probably be put through an industrial shredder (No, really.  I'm being serious)


That is exactly what is going to happen to it.
 
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