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Supermicro Shows Off 80-Core Xeon Server

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March 1, 2011 8:35:48 PM

How about a single CPU with 80 cores?
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March 1, 2011 8:40:54 PM

ridiculous..
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March 1, 2011 8:44:46 PM

*drool*
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March 1, 2011 8:45:04 PM

*drool*
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March 1, 2011 8:45:34 PM

I have this exact model in my living room for my HTPC
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March 1, 2011 8:48:43 PM

Hey.......Where's my comment?
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March 1, 2011 8:49:05 PM

Holy cow. Technology moves so fast. I just upgraded my Commodore 64 to a 486DX2. I think I only have 1 core.
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March 1, 2011 8:52:50 PM

I'm guessing price is somewhere in the neighborhood of $not cheap.
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March 1, 2011 8:52:59 PM

1TB of RAM? That's insane!
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March 1, 2011 8:53:54 PM

I wonder what this would do for Batch raw photo and uncompressed 1080p/60FPS video editing..... could it be done at 2-4 times real time on windows 7 64bit?
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March 1, 2011 8:53:57 PM

It's funny, not that long ago, I can remember windows 3 running on a 386 with something like 4mb of RAM. Then windows 95 cam out. It was recommended that you run a 486 with 8mb. I remember friends and family being up in arms. "8MB!?!?!?! What in the world would you need with a system that has 8MB or RAM!?!?!?!? I mean come on, thats absurd." Here we are 16 years later talking about 80 cores at 2ghz a piece and a 1tb of RAM and not really thinking twice about it. My how times change :) 
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March 1, 2011 8:54:25 PM

Who cores?
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March 1, 2011 9:14:21 PM

can I get that to game X)
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March 1, 2011 9:19:39 PM

That's going to be cheap. Ordered two of them ;) 
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March 1, 2011 9:20:42 PM

Thanks's going to be cheap. Ordered two of them ;) 
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March 1, 2011 9:23:23 PM

Wow, that's gonna cost a pretty penny.
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March 1, 2011 9:33:48 PM

I'd sure love folding with that...
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March 1, 2011 9:35:45 PM

I wonder how much terflops capacity it will have. How close can this server be to a supercomputer with 4 tesla cards? It is not only the capacity you need to find a Opencl or Cuda programer to able to use it full capacity.

But I want to host 40 operating systems on this server. Divide 40 to the cost of the infrastructre and we can see how economical it can be.
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March 1, 2011 9:36:48 PM

2800 Watt...........
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March 1, 2011 10:01:22 PM

Talk about a rendering dream.
But I bet It will cost more than my car.
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March 1, 2011 11:26:29 PM

2800 Watt Power Supply.... man those servers are amazing!
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March 1, 2011 11:29:57 PM

For 2800 watts the PSU looks kinda puny.
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March 1, 2011 11:48:12 PM

Wonder if it comes with some sort of discount or rebate for the processors...
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March 1, 2011 11:48:28 PM

can it run minesweeper?
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March 1, 2011 11:54:53 PM

That's pretty hardCore.
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March 2, 2011 12:37:20 AM

Me want servuh!
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March 2, 2011 1:08:32 AM

That would be one hell of a workstation ~might have to ask for a raise to handle the newly large electric bill.
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March 2, 2011 2:01:17 AM

Maybe better than a ps3 cluster? can i has a credit app?
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March 2, 2011 2:52:13 AM

it got 4 way sli im pritty damn sure it will eat crysis 1 up and spit it up on a side walk.
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March 2, 2011 11:40:39 AM

somebody buy one for folding :D 
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March 2, 2011 12:30:00 PM

What the hell is wrong with Tom's forums? We now have 80 core servers, and yet we still can't make a working forum?
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March 2, 2011 12:48:09 PM

Am I the only one who thinks the facts in this article are presented in a bit of a disconnected fashion? I mean, they talk about a backplane with 4 slots, each capable of supporting 2 CPUs w/ 10 cores a piece (4 * 2 * 10 = 80). But then they talk about the Westmere EX E7-8800 series chipsets being able to support 8 cores each. So why don't they use modules with the 8-socket chipset instead of the 2-socket chipset for a total of 320 (4 * 8 * 10 = 320) cores? I mean, as long as they're going to support a lot of cores, why not go whole-hog?

Or does the backplane already use the 8800 chipset, and that's how they support 8 CPUs now?
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March 2, 2011 1:45:06 PM

I don't think Penny would let me trade her in for one. Drat.
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March 2, 2011 2:23:22 PM

quixilver1Yeah, but can it run a Crysis server?


Thanks for asking the pseudo relevant question lol
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March 2, 2011 7:46:30 PM

applegetsmelaidFor 2800 watts the PSU looks kinda puny.


Most Supermicro servers use big mean tough power supplies. I would guess from the maroon release tabs on the back of those two structures in the middle, they are the power supplies and it just uses a modular system. Notice how next to them are fan inlets, it appears designed for up to four power units. I would wager that is their power supply redundancy system in those.

Supermicro's blade chasis use big 1400w / 2000w PSUs, and can take up to four. Imagine having 8000W at your disposal?
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March 3, 2011 12:31:19 AM

mrmotionThanks for asking the pseudo relevant question lol

Flattery will get you everywhere.
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