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Supercomputer Breaks the $100/GFLOPS Barrier
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Posted by CowboyNeal on Saturday August 23, @10:21AM
from the new-kid-in-town dept.
Hank Dietz writes "At the University of Kentucky, KASY0, a Linux cluster of 128+4 AMD Athlon XP 2600+ nodes, achieved 471 GFLOPS on 32-bit HPL. At a cost of less than $39,500, that makes it the first supercomputer to break $100/GFLOPS. It also is the new record holder for POV-Ray 3.5 render speed. The reason this 'Beowulf' is so cost-effective is a new network architecture that achieves high performance using standard hardware: the asymmetric Sparse Flat Neighborhood Network (SFNN)." Because this was a university project, KASY0 was assembled entirely by unversity students, which while being a source of cheap labor, is also a good way to get a lot of students of involved in a great project.

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Wow! (Score:5, Funny)
by fryguy451 (592591) on Saturday August 23, @10:23AM (#6772656)
Imagine a Beowu... errr... Oh..
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  • Re:Wow! by wardomon (Score:1) Saturday August 23, @01:29PM
    • Re:Wow! by BSD Yoda (Score:1) Monday August 25, @12:19PM
      Let the Beowulf cluster jokes begin! (Score:5, Funny)
      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 23, @10:24AM (#6772660)
      Note to moderators, Beowulf cluster jokes CANNOT be offtopic.

      Imagine a Beowulf cluster of Beowulf cluster jokes!
      [ Reply to This ]
      Also I wonder (Score:5, Interesting)
      by HanzoSan (251665) on Saturday August 23, @10:25AM (#6772662)
      (http://geeks4dean.com/ | Last Journal: Friday August 22, @07:03AM)


      How much electricity will these super computers use up?

      All those wires, it looks like it takes up alot of juice.
      [ Reply to This ]
      To those who might not know... (Score:2, Informative)
      by qrash (63400) on Saturday August 23, @10:25AM (#6772663)
      (http://qrash.cjb.net/)
      gigaflop

      As a measure of computer speed, a gigaflop is a billion floating-point operations per second (FLOPS).
      [ Reply to This ]
      Let's not get too excited.... (Score:5, Funny)
      by CGP314 (672613) <CGP@nOsPAm.ColinGregoryPalmer.net> on Saturday August 23, @10:25AM (#6772665)
      (http://www.colingregorypalmer.net/london/ | Last Journal: Monday August 25, @07:16AM)
      Supercomputer Breaks the $100/GFLOPS Barrier

      Not after you factor in the SCO license fees.
      [ Reply to This ]
      Hey, works for me (Score:1, Redundant)
      by DarkSarin (651985) on Saturday August 23, @10:25AM (#6772667)
      (http://ben.realisticweb.com/)
      I personally love to see this kind of stuff. As a kentucky native, anything related to my home turf gets extra kudos. On a more technical note, I just want to know why I can't have one of these?
      [ Reply to This ]
      It's a university project (Score:3, Funny)
      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 23, @10:29AM (#6772681)
      Remember, everyone, this was a university project. *BSD was also a university project originally, and now *BSD is dying. So obviously university projects are not of very high quality.
      [ Reply to This ]
      Asymmetric Sparse Flat Neighborhood Network (Score:5, Interesting)
      by FreeLinux (555387) on Saturday August 23, @10:29AM (#6772682)
      Obviously, I don't get it. This doesn't look any different than redundant backbones or what is frequently done with VLANs. Multiple paths between hosts is what I see. How is this "new"?
      [ Reply to This ]
      this is nice (Score:2, Interesting)
      by the_2nd_coming (444906) on Saturday August 23, @10:30AM (#6772685)
      (http://slashdot.org/)
      but super computers as in giant iron are becoming more specialized and as such would woop the pants off a Beowulf cluster when competing in the specialty.

      of course, if you just need a lot of general purpose super computing, it is obvious that you cannot compete with this.
      [ Reply to This ]
      • Wrong by imsabbel (Score:3) Saturday August 23, @11:02AM
        • Re:Wrong by glueball (Score:1) Saturday August 23, @11:24AM
          • Re:Wrong (Score:4, Insightful)
            by sjames (1099) on Saturday August 23, @02:23PM (#6773733)
            (http://www.linuxlabs.com)

            Really, it's a spectrum. One one end you have fully commodity beowulf, in the middle, you see things like Dolphin and Myrinet, and on the high end you see fully custom backplanes and sometimes RAM and I/O controllers as well. Purpose built CPUs are becomming less common now, but not unheard of.

            Each step up the spectrum widens the domain of problems that the machine can work on efficiently, and raises the price for the machine. In many cases, a 'real' supercomputer is more or less a cluster with a specialized network and OS and mounted in a single cabinet so it doesn't look like a cluster.

            In general when a lower end machine can efficiently run your program, there is no benefit to using a more expensive machine.

            As server hardware improves and 'exotic' hardware becomes more mainstream, the gap between the low and the high end narrows. There will probably always be a small but existant set of problems that call for the 'real' supercomputer, but that set is shrinking.

            There are other considerations as well. If the Beowulf in your lab can solve the problem in 1 week and is available now, while the 'real' supercomputer on the other campus can solve it in 4 hours and will have a timeslot available in 2 weeks, the Beowulf is 'faster' from your point of view.

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        • Re:this is nice by stdarg (Score:2) Saturday August 23, @08:09PM
          Playstation2 at 5.5GFLOPS costs only $199 $40/GFL (Score:4, Insightful)
          by gorim (700913) on Saturday August 23, @10:31AM (#6772691)
          And it was introduced to consumers just a couple years
          ago. Sorry, the AMD beowulf cluster at $100/GFLOP just
          isn't that impressive.
          [ Reply to This ]
          The burning question (Score:2, Funny)
          by Timesprout (579035) on Saturday August 23, @10:32AM (#6772693)
          though is how many mp3's are these students sharing on this monster ?
          [ Reply to This ]
          hot damn, they're case modders! (Score:2, Funny)
          by mrgreenfur (685860) on Saturday August 23, @10:34AM (#6772702)
          each node has two side case fans! that's gotta be the most dedicated case modding job i've ever seen! 132 pc's with 2 fans! too bad they didn't put fan guards ... or interior lights.. or blue led's... but i guess all that junk about a supercomputer makes up for it...
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          Imagine... (Score:1, Redundant)
          by foobrain (411652) on Saturday August 23, @10:40AM (#6772726)
          ... a beowulf cluster of these!
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          So much power... (Score:5, Funny)
          by krahd (106540) <tomas@NOsPam.fcien.edu.uy> on Saturday August 23, @10:41AM (#6772730)
          (http://www.fing.edu.uy/~laurenzo)
          and it still can't run Doom III at a decent rate.

          --krahd

          mod me up, scottie!
          [ Reply to This ]
            cable management (Score:4, Interesting)
            by HBI (604924) on Saturday August 23, @10:44AM (#6772750)
            (Last Journal: Wednesday August 20, @06:26AM)
            What a mess of cables [aggregate.org]! I understand they were hitting a price point, but would it have killed them to spring $500 or so for a cable management system?

            There's something professional looking about having the cables look neat. On the other hand, maybe i'm just anal about things.
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            Cooling (Score:4, Informative)
            by bengoerz (581218) on Saturday August 23, @10:45AM (#6772756)
            I toured the previous cluster these guys did (KLAT2) and was very impressed. However, using AMD Athlon Thunderbirds last time, it did get quite hot. I remember standing by the cluster looking at all the wiring and being bombarded by an overhead cooling vent. I'm also assuming that these cooling issues is the reason that each case has two blow-holes. I'd also like to see these guys post in-depth specs of each machine. Being a hardware nut, I'd like to see how they got so many machines so cheap, and maybe even what vender they used. As I remember, they worked REALLY hard on their last cluster to keep costs to an absolute minimum.
            [ Reply to This ]
            • Re:Cooling by imsabbel (Score:1) Saturday August 23, @11:07AM
              • Re:Cooling by evilviper (Score:2) Sunday August 24, @01:01AM
                • Re:Cooling by bengoerz (Score:1) Sunday August 24, @10:39AM
                Here is the bill! (Score:5, Funny)
                by borgdows (599861) on Saturday August 23, @10:50AM (#6772776)
                Dear customer,

                At the cheap introductory price of 699$ for 80 lines of code in the Linux kernel, it will cost you 8,377,500$ by kernel since we have discovered that in fact 1000000 lines of SCO IP were copied into Linux.

                Designation .. Price .. Qty .. Total
                Linux kernel .. 8,377,500$ .. 128 .. 1,118,400,000$

                So you must pay us only 1,118,400,000$, and in my kind almighty I will offer you a discount of 118,400,000$ so you only have to pay ONE BILLION DOLLAR if you pay before tomorrow!

                Please send you creditcard number at darl@sco.com

                Sincerely yours,

                -- Darl Mac Bride
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                How long until... (Score:1, Funny)
                by r00zky (622648) on Saturday August 23, @10:50AM (#6772779)
                - Casio sues them for trademark infringement?
                - SCO asks them 92268$ worth of licenses and/or sues them for copyright infringement?
                - KFK sues em for patent infringement? (you know, "the method to fry one billion chicken flaps (GFLAPS) for under 100$ with AMD processors")

                Ah the USofA, Land Of the Lawyers.
                [ Reply to This ]
                  Where are the hard drives? (Score:1)
                  by BubbleNOP (688841) on Saturday August 23, @10:51AM (#6772784)
                  I didn't see hard drives on their parts list. Why is that? How do they boot them up?!
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                  Nice wiring! (Score:2, Insightful)
                  by nate.sammons (22484) on Saturday August 23, @10:53AM (#6772787)
                  (http://www.protomatter.com/nate)
                  Looks like most of the wiring jobs I've seen done by students: kasy0core.jpg [aggregate.org].

                  God forbid they use cable gutters ;-)

                  Other than that, kick ass job guys!

                  -nate
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                  Way to go! (Score:2)
                  by panda (10044) on Saturday August 23, @11:00AM (#6772806)
                  Hey! I used to work there.

                  Way to go Dr. Dietz!

                  So, mod me anyway you want, karma to burn.
                  [ Reply to This ]
                    How many university have larger clusters? (Score:5, Interesting)
                    by SilverSun (114725) on Saturday August 23, @11:04AM (#6772823)
                    (http://modesto.sf.net/piave/index.html)
                    I wonder which universities/institutes have larger and maybe cheaper clusters, but just don't bother with running benchmarks. I for one are sitting next next to a tiny cluster with 40 dual-cpu nodes, which is connected (GRID like) to a 340 dual-node cluster in a nearby town. Non of us high ernergy physicists bothers with running any benchmarks on our clusters, other than our own applications. I wonder how many "linux-cluster-supercomputers" are out there which would easyly make it into the top 500, but noone has ever heard of....

                    Cheers.
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                    University students (Score:5, Insightful)
                    by SuperBanana (662181) on Saturday August 23, @11:07AM (#6772834)
                    Because this was a university project, KASY0 was assembled entirely by unversity students, which while being a source of cheap labor, is also a good way to get a lot of students of involved in a great project.

                    At the risk of being flamebait- No. Using university students is almost always purely a way of getting cheap labor to do semi-mindless, or completely mindless, stuff the staff doesn't want to do- it's a common myth that students 'learn' by doing grunt work. I should know- I have several grad student friends, and they've thusfar spent a large part of their academic careers working in labs doing mind-numbingly boring stuff(according to them.)

                    Imagine if a Bio lab did this. The following would sound pretty absurd: "Help us move our lab, you'll learn about cellular recombination!". No. You'll learn what a bunch of lab equipment looks like, how eccentric the professors are, and how expensive/fragile/heavy the equipment is, and the next morning what sore muscles are like. Let's get a reality check here.

                    (from the site):Our group develops the systems technology for cluster supercomputing; the more people we can show how to apply these technologies, the better.

                    Huh? What cluster supercomputing "technology" does assembling a PC and plugging it into ethernet teach you? Did they give a presentation about how clustering technology works, for example? Did they explain to each person, as they put a machine in a particular place and wired it to a particular switch, WHY it was going there etc? Obviously I wasn't there, so perhaps someone from the group can contribute on this point.

                    [ Reply to This ]
                      Re:University students (Score:5, Informative)
                      by panda (10044) on Saturday August 23, @11:46AM (#6772963)
                      Having worked there, and knowing what Hank Dietz and his students are doing, I can tell you that it is different from just slapping PCs together, stringing wire between them and installing clustering software.

                      Dietz specializes in networking and all the wiring that you see in the photos is charted out by custom software that he's written just for this purpose.

                      He works in the realm of optimizing communications among the nodes to avoid network latency and so on. If you read the POVRay benchmarks, you'll notice that the author comments that several clusters' CPUs spend most of their time idle due to network latency. Dietz is researching the best ways to eliminate much of that latency so that the CPUs in the cluster can spend more of their time crunching data rather than just throwing off heat. To my knowledge, he is succeeding at this and better than most other researchers in the field.

                      As for what his students learned from this, I don't know exactly which students helped him on this. For KLAT2, there were several undergrad volunteers who helped with wiring and assembly, mostly from the campus Linux Users' Group. I know his grad students and research assistants are learning a lot about how clustering and network tech works, and a couple are doing their Ph.D. disserts in this very subfield of E.E.
                      [ Reply to This | Parent ]
                    • Re:University students by Kethinov (Score:2) Saturday August 23, @01:11PM
                      • Re:University students by Skuld-Chan (Score:2) Saturday August 23, @03:29PM
                        • Re:University students by evilviper (Score:2) Sunday August 24, @12:57AM
                          In other news... (Score:2, Insightful)
                          by rmdyer (267137) on Saturday August 23, @11:09AM (#6772840)
                          Now that the university students have graduated and moved on, there isn't any documentation, nor do they know how to use the darn thing...

                          -1
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                            why not DSP? (Score:5, Interesting)
                            by mike_g (24445) on Saturday August 23, @11:11AM (#6772842)
                            (http://slashdot.org/)
                            Why are not DSPs used in configurations such as this. The TI 67xx series are able to perform about 1 GFLOP/s running at only 150 MHz and cost only about $40 per chip.

                            This price/performance ratio seems to make them very attractive compared to general purpose CPUs. According to the NASA G5 Study [cox.net], the P4 2.66 GHz is only able to achieve 255 MFLOP/s. And the P4 costs about 4x the price of the 6711 DSP.

                            It seems that DSPs should be the clear winner in supercomputer applications, what are their disadvantages and why are they not used? Granted there is a lack of mass produced hardware such as motherboards for DSPs, but that alone should not exclude them from the supercomputer realm.

                            [ Reply to This ]
                            • Re:why not DSP? by latroM (Score:1) Saturday August 23, @11:35AM
                            • Re:why not DSP? by panurge (Score:2) Saturday August 23, @11:40AM
                              • Actually... by jd (Score:2) Saturday August 23, @12:30PM
                                • Re:why not DSP? (Score:4, Informative)
                                  by SmackCrackandPot (641205) on Saturday August 23, @12:36PM (#6773200)
                                  Actually, they do, but they are referred to as vector processors rather than DSP's. Probably the most famous and the first was the Cray supercomputer [cray-cyber.org]. And there was also the INMOS "Transputer" [ox.ac.uk]

                                  DSP's are optimised to handle streamed data of a particular maximum size (Eg. 4-element float point variables). Useful for image processing (red,green,blue,alpha) and 3D graphics(XYZW), but if you're modelling something like ocean currents, global weather, every data element is more than likely going to have more than four variables (eg. temperature, humidity, velocity, pressure, salinity, ground temperature), you may not get full optimisation.

                                  Plus, you also need a means of getting all these processors to talk to each other. DSP's are nearly always optimised to operate in single pipelines, so don't need much communication support (eg. Sony Playstation 2). However, if you're designing a supercomputer system, the major bottleneck is the communication between processors (network topology). Some applications might only need adjacent processors to talk to each other (global weather simulation usually represents the atmosphere as a single large block of air, with sub-blocks assigned to seperate processors. Other applications might assign individual processors to different tasks, which complete at different rates (eg. the Mandelbrot set). A configurable network architecture allows the system to be used for many more different applications.
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                                • Re:why not DSP? by sigwinch (Score:2) Saturday August 23, @05:07PM
                                  Congradulations to them (Score:1)
                                  by Elpacoloco (69306) <`moc.emertxelsd' `ta' `ocolocaple'> on Saturday August 23, @11:24AM (#6772874)
                                  (http://legend.artos.com/ | Last Journal: Tuesday April 22, @08:27PM)
                                  Yeah, good work.

                                  What will they do with all this processing power? Farm it out? Boast? Serve a pr0n company?
                                  [ Reply to This ]
                                    Mckenzie Cluster, faster, cheaper per TFlop (Score:5, Interesting)
                                    by prof_bart (637876) on Saturday August 23, @11:33AM (#6772910)
                                    Hmmm...

                                    Nice machine, but this January, CITA and the astro department at the University of Toronto brought a 256 node dual Xenon system on line: "1.2 trillion floating point mathematical operations per second (Tflops) on the standard LINPACK linear algebra benchmark." Total cost: CDN$900K (including tax) (in January prices, that's $600K U.S. or $0.50USD/GFlop.) It's being used for some very cool Astro simulations...

                                    See http://www.cita.utoronto.ca/webpages/mckenzie

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                                    How are these booted? (Score:2)
                                    by cmason (53054) on Saturday August 23, @11:49AM (#6772974)
                                    (http://www.cmason.com/)
                                    Am I missing something? They say:

                                    KASY0 nodes are completely diskless; there isn't even a floppy. (from the FAQ [aggregate.org])

                                    So how are the nodes booted? Are there bioses out there that can netboot?

                                    -c

                                    [ Reply to This ]
                                    New network architecture? (Score:1, Interesting)
                                    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 23, @12:00PM (#6773024)
                                    Not to downplay the fantastic accomplishment, but there is nothing new about this network architecture. Not topologically, as Dietz has been claiming for years now. When did a mix of full and partial mesh suddenly become new?

                                    Sweet cluster, though :D
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                                    There is Flop and Flop (Score:4, Insightful)
                                    by Tiosman (614633) on Saturday August 23, @12:14PM (#6773086)
                                    It's not the first time that these folks in KY work around the definition of the acronym "Flop". A Flop is a floating point operation on 64 bits, not 32 bits. All entries in the Top500 used results with 64 bits HPL, nobody else in the world is running HPL on 32 bits. So claiming the moon on 32 bits is easy, useless for the sake of comparaison and almost unethical. I cannot believe that Dr Dietz do not know the difference by now.

                                    The same machine would yield average results on 64 bits. Difficult to draw attention without headline numbers...

                                    [ Reply to This ]
                                    And next week ... (Score:2)
                                    by SmackCrackandPot (641205) on Saturday August 23, @12:15PM (#6773090)
                                    ... they're going to have the largest Quake LAN party ever!
                                    [ Reply to This ]
                                      overclocking (Score:2, Insightful)
                                      by snooo53 (663796) on Saturday August 23, @01:03PM (#6773336)
                                      Looking at the specs I'm curious if anyone thought of overclocking the machines to get an even bigger performance increase. It seems that with most Athlons you can get at least a good 100 mhz of extra speed, even with a stock cooler, by increasing the fsb/multiplier and not even touching the voltage. Even a modest increase like that would yield an extra 12.8GHz of power, dropping that price figure even further. Depending on what type of computing they're doing, increasing the fsb might have an even bigger effect than more GHz

                                      Granted there might be some heat problems, but judging by their setup, I'm guessing the room is well-cooled.

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                                      Pardon me Cowboy (Score:2)
                                      by Stonent1 (594886) <stonent@stonent. ... k.net minus poet> on Saturday August 23, @01:12PM (#6773377)
                                      (Last Journal: Monday March 10, @01:51AM)
                                      But the "FA" says $1000 per gflop not $100

                                      Did you RTFA?
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                                      What about $170K (Score:4, Funny)
                                      by Axe (11122) on Saturday August 23, @02:20PM (#6773722)
                                      That they own to SCO, that damn commies? Did they at least aknowledge using stolen property?

                                      What a shame. Freeloaders. They would never be able to achieve such performance if not for the fruits of labour of SCO .. eeeh.. lawers?

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                                        $100/GFLOP (Score:2)
                                        by exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) on Saturday August 23, @02:23PM (#6773732)
                                        (Last Journal: Monday January 06, @11:36PM)
                                        Er...you can do that with parts from ebay or craigslist without too much trouble.
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                                          gain from cluster (Score:1)
                                          by h4x0r-3l337 (219532) on Saturday August 23, @03:26PM (#6774045)
                                          It's interesting to note that the this cluster of 128, 2 GHz processors is only about 9 times faster than a single 1 GHz Itanium 2 processor at performing the PvRay benchmark.
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                                          university price calcuations are bogus (Score:2)
                                          by peter303 (12292) on Saturday August 23, @05:42PM (#6774639)
                                          You have to include a people time, building overhead etc. A reserach grant may be billing $500 - $1000 a day for this. If this takes 50 man days to set up, then the cost is is another $50,000.
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                                          shelving (Score:1)
                                          by da2 (542211) on Saturday August 23, @06:51PM (#6774981)
                                          that shelving they used looks almost identical to the kinda stuff i have in my bedroom, unfortunatly my shelves are not filled with a supercomputer (yet)
                                          [ Reply to This ]
                                            128+4 (Score:1)
                                            by beggarstune (636814) on Sunday August 24, @08:41AM (#6776982)
                                            What're the extra 4 for? They don't mention it. Hot spares? Command + control? Scheduling?
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                                            • Re:128+4 by Nynaeve (Score:1) Sunday August 24, @12:39PM
                                              I submitted this 2 months ago. (Score:1)
                                              by sundling (92926) on Sunday August 24, @11:16AM (#6777553)
                                              I guess you have to pick a more interesting article on the same topic or know someone. :(
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                                                reported tuesday, july 29 - but incorrectly cited. (Score:1)
                                                by tfulton2 (648201) on Sunday August 24, @08:38PM (#6780452)
                                                http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=72589&cid=6558 445 Sorry for the sloppy reporting; posted in a followup the citation.
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                                                  He is giving a talk on Oct 28 at 4:00 (Score:1)
                                                  by tfulton2 (648201) on Tuesday August 26, @08:06AM (#6792546)
                                                  ...in the W. T. Young library on the U of Ky campus here in Lexington. Anyone in the area who wants to grill him should try it the old-fashioned way.
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                                                    Re:Its about time (Score:1)
                                                    by Toby Studabaker (690428) on Saturday August 23, @10:42AM (#6772736)
                                                    (Last Journal: Friday July 18, @02:17PM)
                                                    Hey! Ho!

                                                    It's saturday evening and time to start drinking beer!

                                                    There's always use for Gflops. How about distributed DVD ripping, packing and then serving them to the people on the net?

                                                    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
                                                      Re:Its about time (Score:1)
                                                      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 23, @11:04AM (#6772821)
                                                      I am a grad student at UK Computer Science dept...

                                                      They are working on projects to use this type of power ... see http://www.metaverselab.org

                                                      My favorite is the hooking together 16+ cheap ($2000 or so) projectors together adhoc to build a display that covers walls/floor, and combining that with head tracking and video cameras that look for shadows so that other projectors can fill in! This needs a lot of GFLOPS!
                                                      [ Reply to This | Parent ]
                                                      Re:Hmm Math? (Score:2, Informative)
                                                      by r00zky (622648) on Saturday August 23, @11:17AM (#6772854)
                                                      128+4...
                                                      That's like 132 isn't it?


                                                      From the FAQ:

                                                      KASY0's configuration is:
                                                      128 + 4 "cold spare" PC nodes, each containing:
                                                      One AMD Athlon XP 2600+ (the 2.075GHz version)
                                                      One 512MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM
                                                      BioStar M7VIT Pro motherboard
                                                      Two Linksys LNE100TX NICs
                                                      Codegen 6042L case with 400W power supply
                                                      18 BenQ SE0024 24-port Fast Ethernet switches
                                                      405 Cat5 Fast Ethernet cables
                                                      RedHat Linux 9.0, modified Warewulf 1.11


                                                      So it's 128, the other 4 are spares!
                                                      [ Reply to This | Parent ]
                                                        Mods on crack (Score:1)
                                                        by imsabbel (611519) on Saturday August 23, @11:25AM (#6772887)
                                                        "Insightful"?!?
                                                        Yeah, right.
                                                        Guess everybody from universitys to big corporations spend tons of money for supercomputers/clusters because they have no use for them.
                                                        Sounds very likely.
                                                        Given the fact that your other posts in this topic all concern the blackout or McDonalds->
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                                                        Re:Hmm Math? (Score:1)
                                                        by DirkDaring (91233) on Sunday August 24, @10:37AM (#6777361)
                                                        The best supercomputer in history, his brain. Or at least I would hope thats what he used.
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