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Fastest US Supercomputer Runs Linux

simoniker posted about 11 years ago | from the vroom-vroom-vroom dept.

HP 314

jgercken writes "The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has brought online a 11.8 teraflops supercomputer based on the Linux operating system, comprised of ~2,000 Itanium processors, and assembled by HP. Touted to be the fastest unclassified computer in the US, its main duties will be atmospheric chemistry, systems biology, catalysis and materials science."

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Yes... (4, Funny)

MikeXpop (614167) | about 11 years ago | (#6810782)

But does it run Linux?

::ducks::

Re:Yes... (0)

eu_neke (415715) | about 11 years ago | (#6810795)

Only if you push it...

Re:Yes... (4, Funny)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | about 11 years ago | (#6810810)

and, wait for it...imagine a beowolf cluster of these!

Re:Yes... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810848)

every night before I lay down my head.. I pray for your death

Re:Yes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810925)

wow! me too!

Re:Yes... (0)

TedCheshireAcad (311748) | about 11 years ago | (#6810823)

...Only in Soviet Russia.

Re:Yes... (1)

unc_samurai (702199) | about 11 years ago | (#6810874)

Say it with me, people... In Russia, the cluster imagines you!

Re:Yes... (-1, Offtopic)

NakedChick (699757) | about 11 years ago | (#6810923)

Yes, but imagine a beowulf cluster of these <gathers-boobs-up-to-show-them-off>. But what would I know? I'm just a naked chick.

I for one (1)

slugo3 (31204) | about 11 years ago | (#6810956)

welcome our new supercomputer overlords

No, it now runs SCO Unix.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810958)

Who do you think actually forked out money for a license to be saved from SCO?

Re:No, it now runs SCO Unix.. (1)

tankdilla (652987) | about 11 years ago | (#6811027)

Sun did.

Re:Yes... (2, Funny)

McAddress (673660) | about 11 years ago | (#6810998)

but more importantly, can it be /.'ed?

third pist (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810784)

i'm l337

SCO (4, Funny)

TedCheshireAcad (311748) | about 11 years ago | (#6810785)

Whoa, that's gonna cost them in SCO licenses.

But seriously, I wonder what kind of stand governmental implementations of Linux are taking on the fiaSCO.

Re:SCO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810809)

SCO has already said that HP doesn't need to worry about licences....

Re:SCO (0)

eu_neke (415715) | about 11 years ago | (#6810861)

But they havent said anything about the hoards of marketroids in reserve...

Re:SCO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810832)

Hopefully the DOE will put their nuclear weapons capabilities to good use!

2000 x US$ 699... (-1, Offtopic)

ebf (676166) | about 11 years ago | (#6810786)

Will SCO give the US government some licensing discount?

My god... I guess I will start buying some SCO shares... NOT! :)

They're just teasing with this one (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810792)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these things!

PEAK Performance (4, Interesting)

OverlordQ (264228) | about 11 years ago | (#6810796)

If you notice this is based on PEAK Performance, aka Theoretical Max, not the best they've gotten out of it . . .

Re:PEAK Performance (2, Informative)

Raleel (30913) | about 11 years ago | (#6810877)

Actually, they've done very well with it, it performs very close (at least as far as supercomputers go)

What about the Powerstack? (5, Funny)

tcd004 (134130) | about 11 years ago | (#6810797)

They clearly aren't considering the Powerstack 5000 [lostbrain.com]

tcd004

Obligatory Comment (-1, Redundant)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | about 11 years ago | (#6810800)

How about a beowolf cluster of those... Sorry, just couldn't resist.

What about the classified ones? (4, Interesting)

Blaine Hilton (626259) | about 11 years ago | (#6810801)

They say this is the fastest, "unclassified" supercomputer, immediately I think:
  1. Who has the classified super computers?
  2. What companies do they buy them from?
  3. If they were bought from public company how do they buy it without people knowing about it, especially after the additional scrutiny since Enron and Worldcom?

Also after reading the whole press release I'm stuck with a few measly pictures of a bunch of HP rack servers running a processor that I won't be able to buy (let alone afford) for awhile longer. There is no mention about how much heat the thing produces, or how much energy it takes to run it. I hope the Ph.D.s running the whole thing realize that while they are trying to do stuff for the "Department of Energy" they are releasing so many thousands of pounds of junk in the land/air/water to run this giant supercomputer.

Re:What about the classified ones? (2, Interesting)

Chess_the_cat (653159) | about 11 years ago | (#6810837)

I was just about to post the same thing. What are these 'classified' computers and where are they? What can they do? Who uses them and for what? Is there a supercomputer underneath the Pentagon that is on the verge of self-awareness? How much more advanced can these computers possibly be that they have to be classifed by the government? I need to know!

Re:What about the classified ones? (0, Troll)

stoborrobots (577882) | about 11 years ago | (#6811032)

as some AC pointed out below [slashdot.org] , you can have classified supercomputers that people know about...

2 classified supercomputers in the US, dedicated to nuclear weapons research...

Re:What about the classified ones? (5, Interesting)

dspeyer (531333) | about 11 years ago | (#6810844)

The National Security Agency (NSA) owns many extremely powerful computers. No one knows what operating systems they run, which ones are clustered together, or what they do with them. It is widely speculated that they are trying to brute force public keys used by foreign governments, which would be in line with their official purpose, but no one knows for sure.

Re:What about the classified ones? (2, Interesting)

SugoiMonkey (648879) | about 11 years ago | (#6810882)

"but no one knows for sure" No, not even the people running them.

Re:What about the classified ones? (4, Funny)

Ctrl-Z (28806) | about 11 years ago | (#6810971)

Especially not the people running them.

Re:What about the classified ones? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810964)

It is widely speculated that they are trying to brute force public keys used by foreign governments

Nonsense, they are just trying to figure out how to make the perfect cup of Earl Grey tea.

Re:What about the classified ones? (0, Redundant)

Mr_Matt (225037) | about 11 years ago | (#6810865)

Who has the classified super computers?

That's, um, classified. :) I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you and all that. :)

Re:What about the classified ones? (2, Informative)

bohnsack (2301) | about 11 years ago | (#6810960)

Not really. The top500 list [top500.org] lists LANL's [lanl.gov] ASCI Q [lanl.gov] at 20.48 Peak TFLOPS and LLNL's [llnl.gov] ASCI White at 12.29 Peak TFLOPS.

Re:What about the classified ones? (1)

_Quinn (44979) | about 11 years ago | (#6810945)

Some (most that I know of, but that's a biased sample for obvious reasons) "classified" supercomputers aren't classified because of their hardware, but, for instance, because they run the nuclear bomb simulation codes, and must _not_ be accessible from outside its lab. I understand it's relatively common to run, e.g., LINPACK benchmarks during the set-up and initial tuning phase, before any of the classified applications are installed, and report the results. I believe this is the case for ASCI Q, which the last Top500 list put at ~13 teraflops (max, peak 20).

I think this is the same machine that was ranked #8 in the last Top500 list, but with more (the rest of its) processors installed.

- _Quinn

Re:What about the classified ones? (1)

DarienJax (610108) | about 11 years ago | (#6810946)

There is no mention about how much heat the thing produces, or how much energy it takes to run it. I hope the Ph.D.s running the whole thing realize that while they are trying to do stuff for the "Department of Energy" they are releasing so many thousands of pounds of junk in the land/air/water to run this giant supercomputer.

I'm trying to remember the specifics on energy usage. A slight more informative article [tricityherald.com] mentions 60 times the cooling capacity of a normal house. And they are looking at ways to reduce the cooling requirements/power consumption with a nifty dynamic cooling system I worked on this summer. As for the energy required to run it, well, there's not much they can do about that if they want the processing power.

Re:What about the classified ones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810978)

SCO put them under double secret probation.

Re:What about the classified ones? (0, Flamebait)

odenshaw (471011) | about 11 years ago | (#6811031)

I bet the power used for this is negligible compared with driving your fucking SUV!

But the true test (5, Funny)

DaLiNKz (557579) | about 11 years ago | (#6810803)

Can it run Quake II properly with 200 bots set to godlike abilities? ;)

Re:But the true test (2, Funny)

unc_samurai (702199) | about 11 years ago | (#6810859)

(Insert WHOPPR voice)
Shall-we-play-a-game?

Fastest Unclassified... (4, Interesting)

Bonker (243350) | about 11 years ago | (#6810804)

Makes you wonder for a second what they're doing with the [SECRET - EYES ONLY] hardware.

My guess is that they're working on NP-hard, but useful problems, like finding ways to crack hard encryption via shortcuts that work half the time.

Re:Fastest Unclassified... (2, Funny)

magores (208594) | about 11 years ago | (#6810899)

Quick porn, and lots of storage for the really good pics.

Thats my guess.

Odd.. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810805)

Did you know that *BSD is dying?

Well, it is. And you can safely ignore the 10 *BSD users that say otherwise.

Re:Odd.. (-1, Offtopic)

DaLiNKz (557579) | about 11 years ago | (#6810831)

I actually would rather BSD for my servers. But it seems Linux is much more flexible when it comes to needs.. BSD might be (in my opinion) solid.. but I just don't see it conforming to the needs..

Re:Odd.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810892)

BSD rocks all over Linux. They are going to hook this thing up and watch it get owned in 28 minutes.

Re:Odd.. (1)

agent dero (680753) | about 11 years ago | (#6810957)

FreeBSD, holding the best SMP support, can only support at the moment 16 CPUs, I read the mailing list, and I don't think they work on 16+ CPU set-ups that much, let alone the Itanium port isn't as prevelent as the i386, and/or Alpha.

Wishful thinking, but not possible at the moment, sorry

Re:Odd.. (1)

Kyle Hamilton (692554) | about 11 years ago | (#6811021)

The problem is that BSD is a better OS then Linux but it is harder to use and requires more of that good old do it yourself attitude none of this pre made junk ;-)

Maybe they can spare some CPU time... (4, Funny)

pVoid (607584) | about 11 years ago | (#6810806)

for the actual power grid to avoid the catastrophic meltdowns we just recently had... instead of frolicking about with the bees and flowers.

Re:Maybe they can spare some CPU time... (4, Funny)

Blaine Hilton (626259) | about 11 years ago | (#6810847)

Perhaps they were testing the system, and that is what caused the whole power grid to fall apart...

Should I be making and wearing that tin-foil cap now?

ME == TROLL (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810808)

Mod me down as a troll, or I will expell water from my eyes while making loud noices... aka CRY

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa, WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Its main duties... (3, Funny)

Brian Dennehy (698379) | about 11 years ago | (#6810811)

will be atmospheric chemistry, systems biology, catalysis and materials science.

And the occasional game of Doom III... at a frame rate of 24 fps (if you're lucky).

Wow, just imagine (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810812)

just imagine a beowulf cluster of these babies =D

Strange (5, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | about 11 years ago | (#6810818)

Being the Department of Energy I though they would have used AMD chips so they could use the excess heat to drive a power plant.

Re:Strange (2, Interesting)

DAldredge (2353) | about 11 years ago | (#6810900)

The Itanium 2 draws about 124 watts.
The Opteron draws about 85 watts.

My math skills may not be that great, but it looks like the AMD chip uses 31% less power than the Itanium 2.

Re:Strange (2, Interesting)

hattig (47930) | about 11 years ago | (#6811018)

The 89W figure for Opteron is the maximum for the 130nm node - i.e., probably at 2.4 GHz.

At current speeds the Opteron is consuming under 70W.

The P4 and the Itanium 2 both draw more power than AMD processors though. The AMD is hot joke went south when Intel dropped the cooler PIII processors.

Re:Strange (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810989)

I though they would have used AMD chips so they could use the excess heat to drive a power plant.

Let's see.
Use excess heat to drive a power plant. Excess heat comes from power produced in a power plant.
Hmmmmm.

A. Smith, we need more power to crush Neo and Morpheus. Go produce some more humans for extra power generation. But wait, you'll need to liquefy even more humans to produce the energy needed to sustain those extra humans.

Lisa, in this house we [whack]

Re:Strange (1)

afidel (530433) | about 11 years ago | (#6811020)

FLOPS/Watt the Opteron is comparable to every other processor out there, the G5, Itanium 2, Opteron, POWER4, etc all use about the same amount of power per instruction. Check out their Specfp_base2000 scores and compare them to average thermal power output, they are all in the same ballpark give or take about 10%. Check out my post Here [slashdot.org] for some concrete numbers for the G5 and Opteron.

Fastest Linux-based supercomputer (2, Informative)

DarienJax (610108) | about 11 years ago | (#6810820)

The headline for the Slashdot article is a bit misleading. It's the fastest non-military supercomputer in the US; it's the fastest Linux-based supercomputer in the world (at least, it's supposed to be). It's not the fastest supercomputer in the US, though.

Re:Fastest Linux-based supercomputer (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810862)

OMFG has slashdot gotten so fscking lazy as to not even read the SUMMARY now!?

Touted to be the fastest unclassified computer in the US, its main duties will be atmospheric chemistry, systems biology, catalysis and materials science.

1. NEC's Earth Simulator, 41 teraflops, Japan
2. Hewlett-Packard's ASCI Q, 20.5 teraflops, Los Alamos National Laboratory (Classified, Nuclear Weapons testing)
3. IBM's ASCI White, 12.3 teraflops, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. (Classified, Nuclear Weapons testing)
4. Fujitsu's Primepower, 12 teraflops, National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan.
5. Hewlett-Packard's Itanium2, 11.8 teraflops, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

But then again that chart goes of R(peak) instead of R(max)

Too bad, (1, Interesting)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | about 11 years ago | (#6810824)

sorry to hear that HP had something to do with it.

I used to really like HP, they used to make great laserjets, great ink/paintjets, excellent scanners, etc...

But then they merged with Compaq and kicked out the founder. And now, the most evil of evils, they are sleeping with SCO...

Once again, sad to hear that HP was in on this...

Well.... damn (0)

herrvinny (698679) | about 11 years ago | (#6810828)

Well... damn, I'm just drooling over the thought of that much computing power.... Wonder how much $ for my own supercomputer....

Re:Well.... damn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810908)

Not much [apple.com]

change of government? (-1, Offtopic)

kguilber (586327) | about 11 years ago | (#6810834)

Maybe I'm a grammar nazi, but I can't figure out how to interpret this quote from the linked page:
"HP and PNNL are working together to create next-generation technical computing solutions that will support some of the world's most important scientific research," said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux, HP Enterprise Servers and Storage.

Re:change of government? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810884)

No, you're not a grammar nazi, just a plain, normal moron nazi.

Licensing (2, Insightful)

wideBlueSkies (618979) | about 11 years ago | (#6810838)

Did HP buy licenses for this setup? Could this be why SCO says HP is in the 'clear'?

wbs.

Kinda makes you wanna.... (1, Funny)

niko9 (315647) | about 11 years ago | (#6810839)

jump up an say "Well smack my ass and call me Sally!"

Re:Kinda makes you wanna.... (1, Funny)

primus_sucks (565583) | about 11 years ago | (#6811017)

Can you post some links to that please!

SCO salivating (-1, Redundant)

Splezunk (250168) | about 11 years ago | (#6810845)

At a per CPU license SCO must be wringing their bitter little hands in glee!

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

mikewren420 (264173) | about 11 years ago | (#6810855)

...the fastest supercomputer runs *you*.

modbait: Are these even funny anymore?

Re:In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

sTavvy (669239) | about 11 years ago | (#6810896)

imagine a beowulf cluster of these...

i guess neither are funny any more!!

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810969)

...the beowulf cluster imagines YOU!

Re:In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Poeir (637508) | about 11 years ago | (#6811004)

I, for one, welcome our new supercomputer overlords.

Uh OH (2, Redundant)

dieMSdie (24109) | about 11 years ago | (#6810858)

Imagine the royalties SCO will be demanding here . . .

Ooooooo, I know what's up! (-1, Redundant)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | about 11 years ago | (#6810860)

HP. SCO. Supercomputer.
McBride FUDbot......

They've brought it online... (4, Funny)

MoThugz (560556) | about 11 years ago | (#6810868)

Now, let's see if we can /. the world's fastest linux powered unclassified computer.

Got URL?

Yay! (4, Funny)

Bridog (410044) | about 11 years ago | (#6810881)

RC5-1024 here we come!

Call me back in about 200 years.

IBM outperforms HP (1)

TheRealRamone (666950) | about 11 years ago | (#6810889)

IBM's Asci White [llnl.gov] exceeded 12.3 TFlops 3 years ago!

why does it always seem... (0)

neo8750 (566137) | about 11 years ago | (#6810893)

...like all the super computers that we hear about usally is made or in someway is related to HP? do they like to fund these projects or is it just that i never noticed anyone else?

Re:why does it always seem... (1)

afidel (530433) | about 11 years ago | (#6811038)

You just never noticed anyone else. In fact about 1/2 of the supercomputer top 500 is comprised of IBM POWER series systems. This was higher about 2 years ago but more comodity clusters are making the list pushing out the older POWER3 based systems.

Re:why does it always seem... (1)

randyest (589159) | about 11 years ago | (#6811043)

Like the fastest one in the world [nec.co.jp] , made by NEC, a Japanese company, with no connection to or assistance from HP? Oh, guess not.

HP does have connections to 2 of the top 5, but none of those has been touted recently, AFAICR. Which one(s) were you thinking of?

Pacific Northwest??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810895)

I'd say watch out for someone from Redmond accidentally spilling a cup of coffee on them supercomputers.

Newspeak: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (-1, Offtopic)

Lucas Membrane (524640) | about 11 years ago | (#6810909)

And they put the stuff about biological research on the front page of the site too. Folks, this is a nuclear materials factory that's been a nuclear materials factory from the time when nobody knew you should be careful with radioactive material, through the time when national priorities didn't give us time to be careful with radioactive material, right up to the present, when the corporations and bombmongers have decided that it's not profitable to be careful with radioactive materials. This is no place to go near if you value your DNA. But it's all being marketed so professionally by the same people who renamed the million acres or so of oblivion left over after many nuclear explosions the "Nevada National Research Park!" Hey, GI George, go be a park ranger there.

The surefire way to get Slashdot's attention... (2, Insightful)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | about 11 years ago | (#6810911)

... is to run Linux on it.

"It's solving complex problems and moving 11.8 terraflops, but the real interesting bit is that it's running Linux!"

Re:The surefire way to get Slashdot's attention... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6811054)

HA HA HA! ha! ha ha ho he ho he he, oh, wait, that's not funny. at all. go away sycophant. all the Smithers positions at /. are full.

slashdot this one, i dare you (5, Informative)

Raleel (30913) | about 11 years ago | (#6810914)

http://www.emsl.pnl.gov/mscf

a more direct link to info about the facility. EMSL is a scientific user facility, designed to be a collaboration point and resource for environmental and molecular sciences (Environmental and Molecular Sciences Laboratory).

You can read about what the computer will be used for, what stuff is inside it, even see the job status. It's pretty neat stuff. The folks over there should be quite proud of what they've done. Yes, I work at PNNL :)

It is a demon of a machine. It's huge. It's very fast. I hope some good life/world saving chemistry comes out of it.

duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6810933)

Of course it runs Linux...

Windows is the name of the toy a kid waiting to get kicked out of the sandbox plays with. The toy has lotsa spoiled food and candy on it, so it attracts bugs and is very unsanitary.

All the other children except him share...

I wounder how fast (1)

earthforce_1 (454968) | about 11 years ago | (#6810936)

It could recompile its own kernel?

Re:I wounder how fast (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6811000)

screw the kernel... ive been watching openoffice compile for something like 5 hours now... just so i can avoid rebooting to print a word doc i need in the morning.
i need a beowulf cluster of itanic supercomputers for that, then i can REALLY profit.

Grid Computing and AI (0, Interesting)

Will the Chill (78436) | about 11 years ago | (#6810939)

We've got a related project called 'GridShell' that may be of some interest to the readers. Basically, it gives a slick WebUI as a front-end to an AI Grid Computing interface. As an added bonus, we've included our new implementation of the AWESOME new programming language 'SequenceL', which will AUTOMATICALLY and INTELLIGENTLY PARALLELIZE and DISTRIBUTE ITSELF across pretty much any Grid of Grids or Clusters or SuperComputers or whatever. You can check it out now at http://gridshell.sourceforge.net [sourceforge.net]

Thanks!

-Will MacBraswald, Jr.
Creator, GridShell

PS - Why didn't the /. editors want to post a story about this?

Re:Grid Computing and AI (5, Insightful)

Creepy Crawler (680178) | about 11 years ago | (#6811030)

Well first, your site has that spark of a "I'm a Tesla Alien Abduction Genius Who Will Solve Everythin gWith Cold-Fusion" genius. That frankly make me seriously consider whether I should even click on the next link.

Then you have (DONATE HERE) banners that (NO HERE) make your site really (GIMMEE) hard to read. The more massive projects dont beg like that. If you cant/wont support it, that's what the GPL was for.

And lastly, the style presented reminds me of the magazine, OMNI. There's that feel of spoofery/hokey kind of "I'm code-God" that just makes me want to click that nice xkill on that window.

It may be a good project, but the presentation really sucks. Even the basic Black text on white with simple images looks cleaner/better than that.

New AI hyper-computing software (0, Redundant)

yandoobies (702193) | about 11 years ago | (#6810965)

a related project of some interest is GridShell. It provides an intelligent WebUI on top of easy Grid, Super, or Cluster access. Also included is the new Self-Parallelizing Artificial Intelligence Language 'SequenceL.' All GPL'd and written in Object Oriented Perl.

Go to the following address for immediate access:
http://GridShell.SourceForge.net

-Yandoobies

Guarantee (3, Funny)

oobar (600154) | about 11 years ago | (#6810972)

I will personally bludgeon to death anyone who posts a "Beuwulf cluster" joke to this story. Let's just get that out of the way...

Re:Guarantee (2, Funny)

Creepy Crawler (680178) | about 11 years ago | (#6811001)

FINE.

I wonder if we could make these SMP enabled??

(dons anti-bludgeoning device)

Compiling (1)

Molina the Bofh (99621) | about 11 years ago | (#6810973)

Gee, I need to get my hands on such a beast. I'll probably have a better Internet experience.
Intel says that a P4-M can achieve 50% greater performance in Internet experience [intel.com] . Cool. With 11.8 teraflops, Internet experience will be what, like 99999% greater ? Gee, that sounds better than an orgasm.

Re:Compiling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6811047)

"get my hands on such a beast. I'll probably have a better Internet experience"
I suspect most slashdotters "get their hands on" the other "beast" for a better Internet experience.

that sounds good (5, Funny)

toddhunter (659837) | about 11 years ago | (#6810980)

But according to Apple the G5 is 10% quicker under their latest benchmark tests.

Re:that sounds good (1)

error502 (694533) | about 11 years ago | (#6810995)

And nowhere will they compare it to the G4.

Hot damn (2, Funny)

ArmorFiend (151674) | about 11 years ago | (#6810985)

I wonder what kind of FPS they get in TuxRacer...

The fastest computer in the US, eh? (1, Offtopic)

lavalyn (649886) | about 11 years ago | (#6810988)

But how many frames per second does it get on Doom III?

the japan supercomputer (1)

2057 (600541) | about 11 years ago | (#6811002)

why is it that no one takes the example of the earth simulator in japan and puts it to use? the earth simulator uses less proccessors and is three times faster than any other supercomputer yet people still waste money on building 2000cpu systems, i mean shit ive needed a new computer for about 4 years, and u could've given me something...

machines paid for with public funds do not count (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6811034)

machines paid for with public funds do not count as anything of note... ever.

too much politics and not enough "bottom line"

instead i prefer to study all the machines listed in www.top500.org

and then i discount all the sites running clusters paid for using taxpayer dollars

www.top500.org is a fascinating list.

is it (-1)

m1chael (636773) | about 11 years ago | (#6811042)

the fastest computer because it has the processing power of a ants brain or because it runs linux? i fail to see the point of this post unless its american cheese.
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