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June 17, 2006 11:03:41 PM

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A few weeks ago, supercomputer maker Cray said that the next quarter or two might be a little bumpy, but that it was pretty confident that it would make its numbers for the year. And, apparently, with good reason. Yesterday, the company announced that it had landed a whopping $200 million deal to build an Opteron-based parallel supercomputer that runs a hyped-up version of Linux for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Whether or not this is the most powerful supercomputer in the world when it goes operational in 2008 or not remains to be seen, but this is the first commitment that any research institution or government has made to pay for a petaflops computer so far. There will, undoubtedly, be others, since the race is on to petaflops-scale computing. A petaflops is equivalent to 1,000 teraflops of number-crunching power, and it is about three times the performance of the current champion of the supercomputer set, the 367 teraflops BlueGene/L super at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


http://www.itjungle.com/breaking/bn061606-story02.html

It makes fun to see that some of the "intel supporters" shout out loud how 4-8 way servers aren't that "profitable" than 2s servers. :lol: 
June 17, 2006 11:10:00 PM

I don't mean to rain on your parade, but the majority of a (true) supercomputer cost is interconnects and related parts. I would expect that the processors will end up costing Cray around $20-50 million. Mind you, that's no small change, but it isn't as exciting as you make it out to be.
June 17, 2006 11:34:22 PM

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I don't mean to rain on your parade, but the majority of a (true) supercomputer cost is interconnects and related parts. I would expect that the processors will end up costing Cray around $20-50 million. Mind you, that's no small change, but it isn't as exciting as you make it out to be.


K8L will change that.
June 17, 2006 11:39:54 PM

K8L BOOYAH!! yes, the 4-core Desktop Arcetecture will bring in a new era of processing. It's almost like the Days of the Pentium and PCI release. Both these Intel technologys have soildred on until today. The K8L will have a reaction on the market just like those 2 ancient titans did when they came out 15+ years ago
June 17, 2006 11:49:46 PM

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It makes fun to see that some of the "intel supporters" shout out loud how 4-8 way servers aren't that "profitable" than 2s servers. Laughing


And who has said that troll? Thats what I thought.
June 17, 2006 11:50:17 PM

You do, of course, recognise that doubling the cores, which a 2x2 board already has in effect, and a complete new interface, have absolutely nothing in common?
Synergy6
June 18, 2006 12:05:50 AM

DUHH! i know most of whats going on. but i jsut fail to type anything that makes sense. the 4x4 might give you 2 socket 4 cores=8cores for K8L+ 4x4. and 2x2 ony give you a maximum of 2 socket one core or 2 cores. im not sure about the 2x2 for AMD but am sure that Intel has 2 socket 2 cores
June 18, 2006 12:07:47 AM

Stop posting.
June 18, 2006 12:59:18 AM

Quote:
A few weeks ago, supercomputer maker Cray said that the next quarter or two might be a little bumpy, but that it was pretty confident that it would make its numbers for the year. And, apparently, with good reason. Yesterday, the company announced that it had landed a whopping $200 million deal to build an Opteron-based parallel supercomputer that runs a hyped-up version of Linux for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Whether or not this is the most powerful supercomputer in the world when it goes operational in 2008 or not remains to be seen, but this is the first commitment that any research institution or government has made to pay for a petaflops computer so far. There will, undoubtedly, be others, since the race is on to petaflops-scale computing. A petaflops is equivalent to 1,000 teraflops of number-crunching power, and it is about three times the performance of the current champion of the supercomputer set, the 367 teraflops BlueGene/L super at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


http://www.itjungle.com/breaking/bn061606-story02.html

It makes fun to see that some of the "intel supporters" shout out loud how 4-8 way servers aren't that "profitable" than 2s servers. :lol: 

How many profit centers are using super computers? Most are supported by the government directly or indirectly and don't come close to the money made in the private sector. Also sense Crey already uses AMD it would likely be cost prohibitive to switch to Intel no matter which performed better.

It's also important to remember that Intel is the market leader in servers and the desktop market. If the new products are proven to be as good as indications suggest and go unanswered they will regain some of the market share they have lost. The good thing for AMD is that servers stay online for three years or more so they have plenty of time to answer. In other words businesses don't upgrade server just because something better hit the market.
June 18, 2006 1:22:56 AM

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It makes fun to see that some of the "intel supporters" shout out loud how 4-8 way servers aren't that "profitable" than 2s servers. :lol: 


confucius say: "Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt"

Seriously 9-inch, these threads are much more effective when you don't add your usually illogical comment
June 18, 2006 1:34:23 AM

They had to remove SSE to become profitable. :lol: 
June 18, 2006 3:17:10 AM

But the FPUs are sold apart...
June 18, 2006 4:23:52 AM

This Cray supercomputer is expected to be delivered around 2008 with around 24,000 processor sockets (likely dual core). According to newegg.com, retail Opteron chips are anywhere from $168 to $1074 these days, this means around $4M to $26M worth of Opteron processors. This is not chump change mind you, but how many companies go out and build supercomputers these days? Also how does this apply to 2-socket or 4-socket server market anyways?

Incidentally, at top500.org, the current list of top supercomputers are (as of Nov 2005):

1 - BlueGene/L - eServer Blue Gene Solution (IBM)
2 - BGW - eServer Blue Gene Solution (IBM)
3 - ASC Purple - eServer pSeries p5 575 1.9Ghz (IBM)
4 - Columbia - SGI Altix 1.5 GHz, Voltaire Infiniband (SGI)
5 - Thunderbird - PowerEdge 1850, 3.6 GHz, Infiniband (Dell)
6 - Red Storm Cray XT3, 2.0 Ghz (Cray)

Note that #4 is built with Itanium processors, #5 is built with Xeon processors, and #6 is built with Opteron processors.

Here's an Tyan 8-processor Woodcrest supercomputer article. It would be interesting to see what other companies are getting on the Woodcrest bandwagon as launch day approaches.
June 18, 2006 5:58:46 AM

Quote:
A few weeks ago, supercomputer maker Cray said that the next quarter or two might be a little bumpy, but that it was pretty confident that it would make its numbers for the year. And, apparently, with good reason. Yesterday, the company announced that it had landed a whopping $200 million deal to build an Opteron-based parallel supercomputer that runs a hyped-up version of Linux for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Whether or not this is the most powerful supercomputer in the world when it goes operational in 2008 or not remains to be seen, but this is the first commitment that any research institution or government has made to pay for a petaflops computer so far. There will, undoubtedly, be others, since the race is on to petaflops-scale computing. A petaflops is equivalent to 1,000 teraflops of number-crunching power, and it is about three times the performance of the current champion of the supercomputer set, the 367 teraflops BlueGene/L super at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


http://www.itjungle.com/breaking/bn061606-story02.html

It makes fun to see that some of the "intel supporters" shout out loud how 4-8 way servers aren't that "profitable" than 2s servers. :lol: 

How many profit centers are using super computers? Most are supported by the government directly or indirectly and don't come close to the money made in the private sector. Also sense Crey already uses AMD it would likely be cost prohibitive to switch to Intel no matter which performed better.

It's also important to remember that Intel is the market leader in servers and the desktop market. If the new products are proven to be as good as indications suggest and go unanswered they will regain some of the market share they have lost. The good thing for AMD is that servers stay online for three years or more so they have plenty of time to answer. In other words businesses don't upgrade server just because something better hit the market.


Please! Stop trying to cloud the issue with facts when supposition and fanatic fanboyism are much more en-vogue. You'll just confuse 9 inch :lol: 
June 18, 2006 6:08:26 AM

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I would expect that the processors will end up costing Cray around $20-50 million. Mind you, that's no small change, but it isn't as exciting as you make it out to be.


K8L will change that.What the $20-$50million part?....Now will cost $30-$75mil? :) 
June 18, 2006 8:16:49 AM

Quote:
A few weeks ago, supercomputer maker Cray said that the next quarter or two might be a little bumpy, but that it was pretty confident that it would make its numbers for the year. And, apparently, with good reason. Yesterday, the company announced that it had landed a whopping $200 million deal to build an Opteron-based parallel supercomputer that runs a hyped-up version of Linux for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Whether or not this is the most powerful supercomputer in the world when it goes operational in 2008 or not remains to be seen, but this is the first commitment that any research institution or government has made to pay for a petaflops computer so far. There will, undoubtedly, be others, since the race is on to petaflops-scale computing. A petaflops is equivalent to 1,000 teraflops of number-crunching power, and it is about three times the performance of the current champion of the supercomputer set, the 367 teraflops BlueGene/L super at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


http://www.itjungle.com/breaking/bn061606-story02.html

It makes fun to see that some of the "intel supporters" shout out loud how 4-8 way servers aren't that "profitable" than 2s servers. :lol: 

Same article...

"The best guess is that the machine will have about 24,000 processor sockets"

Ok, lets assume they pay full pop at $2K per processor...

24,000 x 2,000 => $48,000

$48,000,000 Opeteron Sale
--------------------------------------------- => 0.12%
$40,000,000,000 annual Intel revenue

You are right, this changes everything.

Oh, and it's 9 centemeters, you got the metric conversion wrong...
June 18, 2006 8:26:08 AM

Yes, it is a single sale for ~ $40million. I wonder how many sales like that, the average company does per year?
No matter how you look at it, a petaflop is rather impressive. I'm sure Intel is unhappy that thier "Intel Inside" sticker wont fit.
June 18, 2006 8:45:54 AM

Quote:
A few weeks ago, supercomputer maker Cray said that the next quarter or two might be a little bumpy, but that it was pretty confident that it would make its numbers for the year. And, apparently, with good reason. Yesterday, the company announced that it had landed a whopping $200 million deal to build an Opteron-based parallel supercomputer that runs a hyped-up version of Linux for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Whether or not this is the most powerful supercomputer in the world when it goes operational in 2008 or not remains to be seen, but this is the first commitment that any research institution or government has made to pay for a petaflops computer so far. There will, undoubtedly, be others, since the race is on to petaflops-scale computing. A petaflops is equivalent to 1,000 teraflops of number-crunching power, and it is about three times the performance of the current champion of the supercomputer set, the 367 teraflops BlueGene/L super at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


http://www.itjungle.com/breaking/bn061606-story02.html

It makes fun to see that some of the "intel supporters" shout out loud how 4-8 way servers aren't that "profitable" than 2s servers. :lol: 

Good for them that means that they will earn 1.302b instead of 1.3b. for Q2. :p 
June 19, 2006 3:50:15 AM

Why do you care? What does this mean to you? Why should we drop everything we're doing just to entertain you, whether what you say is fact or crap?

:idea: Here's something: go away...
June 19, 2006 6:12:00 AM

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Why do you care? What does this mean to you? Why should we drop everything we're doing just to entertain you, whether what you say is fact or crap?

:idea: Here's something: go away...
Why do you have to drop everything and entertain him. Nobody forced you to read this thread. The title was fairly self-explanatory. You don't like it, read something else. Simple....isn't it? :roll:
June 19, 2006 11:29:48 AM

Im sure you wouldnt be nearly as happy if someone gave 200 million to YOU.
June 20, 2006 7:16:20 PM

What's wrong guys? Didn't like the article??
All I get is Fanboy-crying instead of good posts that talks about the topic. 8)

Anyhow, here I brought more stuff to keep some of the fanboys crying out loud. :lol: 

www.zdnet.com
Quote:
The world's first commercial one-petaflops supercomputer has been commissioned, Cray announced on Thursday.
Codenamed "Baker", the 24,000-socket, Opteron-based Linux system is due to be installed at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2008. This will join existing Cray supercomputer systems to be used for research in neutron science, biological systems, energy production and advanced materials. the company said. It will also be available to outside companies such as Boeing, DreamWorks and Harvard University.


Ohh, I almost forgot:
Since no one is interested in supercomputers (like how trolls tend to preach about it), what the heck is going on nowadays?? 8O

"More Opteron Supercomputer Frenzy"
Quote:
Cadence Design Systems, a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software, and AMD, a leader in advanced microprocessor technology and products, will collaborate with Rensselaer and IBM at the Supercomputing Center in advanced simulation and modeling of nanoelectronic devices and circuitry. This activity complements the ongoing joint R&D activity between IBM and AMD in East Fishkill and Albany developing advanced high performance Silicon on Insulator (SOI) semiconductor devices and manufacturing processes.

The CCNI will focus on reducing the time and costs associated with designing and manufacturing nanoscale materials, devices, and systems.

“This new supercomputing center dedicated to nanotechnology will have global impact by finding innovative solutions to the challenges facing the continued productivity growth of the semiconductor industry and enabling key nanotechnology innovations in the fields of energy, biotechnology, arts, and medicine,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “We applaud Senator Bruno and IBM for their vision and commitment to expand technology research in New York state and across the globe.”

“This partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and the state will create one of the world’s top 10 supercomputing centers, and the most powerful university-based supercomputing center anywhere,” said Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno. “Establishing this world-class science and technology research center has the power to transform the Capital Region into a high-tech destination. This collaboration will attract new business, support existing companies, and generate high-paying jobs in the region.”

“Current semiconductor technology is rapidly approaching its practical limits. New, nanotechnology-based technologies will be needed to sustain the productivity growth that the information technology industry provides to the world economy,” said John E. Kelly III, IBM’s senior vice president of technology and intellectual property. “We are delighted with New York’s and RPI’s continuing commitment to leadership in this important field. We also look forward to extending our collaboration with AMD and Cadence to innovate around the technical barriers our industry is facing.”


8)
June 20, 2006 7:22:52 PM

Quote:
What's wrong guys? Didn't like the article??
All I get is Fanboy-crying instead of good posts that talks about the topic. 8)

Anyhow, here I brought more stuff to keep some of the fanboys crying out loud. :lol: 

www.zdnet.com
The world's first commercial one-petaflops supercomputer has been commissioned, Cray announced on Thursday.
Codenamed "Baker", the 24,000-socket, Opteron-based Linux system is due to be installed at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2008. This will join existing Cray supercomputer systems to be used for research in neutron science, biological systems, energy production and advanced materials. the company said. It will also be available to outside companies such as Boeing, DreamWorks and Harvard University.


Ohh, I almost forgot:
Since no one is interested in supercomputers (like how trolls tend to preach about it), what the heck is going on nowadays?? 8O

"Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Orders Opteron Supercomputer"
Quote:
Cadence Design Systems, a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software, and AMD, a leader in advanced microprocessor technology and products, will collaborate with Rensselaer and IBM at the Supercomputing Center in advanced simulation and modeling of nanoelectronic devices and circuitry. This activity complements the ongoing joint R&D activity between IBM and AMD in East Fishkill and Albany developing advanced high performance Silicon on Insulator (SOI) semiconductor devices and manufacturing processes.

The CCNI will focus on reducing the time and costs associated with designing and manufacturing nanoscale materials, devices, and systems.

“This new supercomputing center dedicated to nanotechnology will have global impact by finding innovative solutions to the challenges facing the continued productivity growth of the semiconductor industry and enabling key nanotechnology innovations in the fields of energy, biotechnology, arts, and medicine,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “We applaud Senator Bruno and IBM for their vision and commitment to expand technology research in New York state and across the globe.”

“This partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and the state will create one of the world’s top 10 supercomputing centers, and the most powerful university-based supercomputing center anywhere,” said Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno. “Establishing this world-class science and technology research center has the power to transform the Capital Region into a high-tech destination. This collaboration will attract new business, support existing companies, and generate high-paying jobs in the region.”

“Current semiconductor technology is rapidly approaching its practical limits. New, nanotechnology-based technologies will be needed to sustain the productivity growth that the information technology industry provides to the world economy,” said John E. Kelly III, IBM’s senior vice president of technology and intellectual property. “We are delighted with New York’s and RPI’s continuing commitment to leadership in this important field. We also look forward to extending our collaboration with AMD and Cadence to innovate around the technical barriers our industry is facing.”


8)

NASA uses Itaniums, but no one cares Cray uses Opterons but no one cares. I'm not too sure but it seems not alot of people care regardless of the fanboi status or not.
June 20, 2006 7:23:37 PM

Well from a purely objective point of view Intel and AMD ae both leaders, seeing as they're sharing the market and both making superlative products...
June 20, 2006 8:01:59 PM

You cant expect good posts when posting pure dipsh** yourself.
June 20, 2006 8:20:08 PM

Quote:
What's wrong guys? Didn't like the article??
All I get is Fanboy-crying instead of good posts that talks about the topic. 8)

Anyhow, here I brought more stuff to keep some of the fanboys crying out loud. :lol: 

www.zdnet.com
The world's first commercial one-petaflops supercomputer has been commissioned, Cray announced on Thursday.
Codenamed "Baker", the 24,000-socket, Opteron-based Linux system is due to be installed at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2008. This will join existing Cray supercomputer systems to be used for research in neutron science, biological systems, energy production and advanced materials. the company said. It will also be available to outside companies such as Boeing, DreamWorks and Harvard University.


Ohh, I almost forgot:
Since no one is interested in supercomputers (like how trolls tend to preach about it), what the heck is going on nowadays?? 8O

"Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Orders Opteron Supercomputer"
Quote:
Cadence Design Systems, a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software, and AMD, a leader in advanced microprocessor technology and products, will collaborate with Rensselaer and IBM at the Supercomputing Center in advanced simulation and modeling of nanoelectronic devices and circuitry. This activity complements the ongoing joint R&D activity between IBM and AMD in East Fishkill and Albany developing advanced high performance Silicon on Insulator (SOI) semiconductor devices and manufacturing processes.

The CCNI will focus on reducing the time and costs associated with designing and manufacturing nanoscale materials, devices, and systems.

“This new supercomputing center dedicated to nanotechnology will have global impact by finding innovative solutions to the challenges facing the continued productivity growth of the semiconductor industry and enabling key nanotechnology innovations in the fields of energy, biotechnology, arts, and medicine,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “We applaud Senator Bruno and IBM for their vision and commitment to expand technology research in New York state and across the globe.”

“This partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and the state will create one of the world’s top 10 supercomputing centers, and the most powerful university-based supercomputing center anywhere,” said Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno. “Establishing this world-class science and technology research center has the power to transform the Capital Region into a high-tech destination. This collaboration will attract new business, support existing companies, and generate high-paying jobs in the region.”

“Current semiconductor technology is rapidly approaching its practical limits. New, nanotechnology-based technologies will be needed to sustain the productivity growth that the information technology industry provides to the world economy,” said John E. Kelly III, IBM’s senior vice president of technology and intellectual property. “We are delighted with New York’s and RPI’s continuing commitment to leadership in this important field. We also look forward to extending our collaboration with AMD and Cadence to innovate around the technical barriers our industry is facing.”


8)

NASA uses Itaniums, but no one cares Cray uses Opterons but no one cares. I'm not too sure but it seems not alot of people care regardless of the fanboi status or not.

Well Google is faster, WOW can now expand almost infinitly, Pixar can make an entire movie in a month, and lucasfilm's is certainly enjoying the rendering power I can assure you. Useless post I know but sometimes these guys need a little help for the cause :lol: 
Bottom line...Opty's DO make people everywhere happy :wink:
June 20, 2006 8:33:30 PM

Quote:
What's wrong guys? Didn't like the article??
All I get is Fanboy-crying instead of good posts that talks about the topic. 8)

Anyhow, here I brought more stuff to keep some of the fanboys crying out loud. :lol: 

www.zdnet.com
The world's first commercial one-petaflops supercomputer has been commissioned, Cray announced on Thursday.
Codenamed "Baker", the 24,000-socket, Opteron-based Linux system is due to be installed at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2008. This will join existing Cray supercomputer systems to be used for research in neutron science, biological systems, energy production and advanced materials. the company said. It will also be available to outside companies such as Boeing, DreamWorks and Harvard University.


Ohh, I almost forgot:
Since no one is interested in supercomputers (like how trolls tend to preach about it), what the heck is going on nowadays?? 8O

"Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Orders Opteron Supercomputer"
Quote:
Cadence Design Systems, a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software, and AMD, a leader in advanced microprocessor technology and products, will collaborate with Rensselaer and IBM at the Supercomputing Center in advanced simulation and modeling of nanoelectronic devices and circuitry. This activity complements the ongoing joint R&D activity between IBM and AMD in East Fishkill and Albany developing advanced high performance Silicon on Insulator (SOI) semiconductor devices and manufacturing processes.

The CCNI will focus on reducing the time and costs associated with designing and manufacturing nanoscale materials, devices, and systems.

“This new supercomputing center dedicated to nanotechnology will have global impact by finding innovative solutions to the challenges facing the continued productivity growth of the semiconductor industry and enabling key nanotechnology innovations in the fields of energy, biotechnology, arts, and medicine,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “We applaud Senator Bruno and IBM for their vision and commitment to expand technology research in New York state and across the globe.”

“This partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and the state will create one of the world’s top 10 supercomputing centers, and the most powerful university-based supercomputing center anywhere,” said Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno. “Establishing this world-class science and technology research center has the power to transform the Capital Region into a high-tech destination. This collaboration will attract new business, support existing companies, and generate high-paying jobs in the region.”

“Current semiconductor technology is rapidly approaching its practical limits. New, nanotechnology-based technologies will be needed to sustain the productivity growth that the information technology industry provides to the world economy,” said John E. Kelly III, IBM’s senior vice president of technology and intellectual property. “We are delighted with New York’s and RPI’s continuing commitment to leadership in this important field. We also look forward to extending our collaboration with AMD and Cadence to innovate around the technical barriers our industry is facing.”


8)

NASA uses Itaniums, but no one cares Cray uses Opterons but no one cares. I'm not too sure but it seems not alot of people care regardless of the fanboi status or not.

Well Google is faster, WOW can now expand almost infinitly, Pixar can make an entire movie in a month, and lucasfilm's is certainly enjoying the rendering power I can assure you. Useless post I know but sometimes these guys need a little help for the cause :lol: 
Bottom line...Opty's DO make people everywhere happy :wink:

Bottom line is all HPC customers are happy, doesn't matter what processor they are useing.
June 22, 2006 3:55:06 PM

"The 64-Bit Solution--AMD Solves SAP Migration Problems"

Quote:
With an extensive IT infrastructure based on SAP software, CLP Power Hong Kong found itself faced with multiple challenges when it tried to update its software and hardware and improve its speed in delivering customer-focused marketing campaigns. The answer came in a migration to an x86-based, 64-bit server platform.

"We began having problems with our SAP system where we had programs terminating because they were out of memory do to the limitations of traditional 32-bit server platforms," says Andre Blumberg, technology and architecture manager for CLP, a provider of electricity power generation, distribution, and retail services to 2.2 million customers in Hong Kong.

Simultaneously, CLP was looking to complete upgrades to several of its SAP implementations and was preparing for a normal five-year replacement cycle for its associated servers.

When CLP began looking at this issue three years ago, Blumberg understood that problems associated with its SAP implementations were tied primarily to memory limitations inherent in the 32-bit processors used in its servers. The 32-bit processors had memory addressability limited to 3 gigabytes, insufficient for many of the SAP applications. Blumberg also knew that 64-bit processors offered virtually unlimited memory addressability. The problem was a lack of alternatives if CLP was going to remain a Windows-based enterprise.

The only readily available alternative was Intel's newest architecture, the 64-bit Itanium. Working with Hewlett-Packard, CLP deployed some test platforms using an Itanium-based server, and experienced good results. "We were actually quite bullish about moving forward with Itanium," Blumberg says.

The problem was cost. Itanium-based servers and associated technology such as disk drives were five to six times greater in price than those used with Intel's Xeon-based servers. Xeon, however, was a 32-bit processor architecture, and Intel had not indicated it had any intentions of moving the processor to a 64-bit implementation.

About two years ago, Advanced Micro Devices began offering dual-core 64-bit Opteron processors, providing a new option that CLP was quick to investigate. Working with HP, AMD, and SAP, CLP was able to get an early version of a four-way server utilizing Opteron processors.

"We put a copy of one of our data mining applications onto a beta version of the platform and were quite amazed at the performance difference," he says. "There was a huge jump."

CLP regularly runs data mining jobs to create simulations of power consumption based on correlations between specific census data, income distribution, or other factors to create targeted marketing campaigns. The simulations could take seven to eight hours on 32-bit systems. With the 64-bit AMD systems the simulations were completed in less than an hour.

CLP has completed 60% of its move to HP servers based on AMD Opteron processors for its SAP environment and will finish the move over the next 12 months.

"Woodcrest looks quite good on paper," Blumberg says. "But we are not going to do anything based on the flavor of the day. This is not a fashion show where we change servers every three months. We will certainly continue to make evaluations going forward."


8)
June 23, 2006 12:43:19 AM

Quote:
What's wrong guys? Didn't like the article??
All I get is Fanboy-crying instead of good posts that talks about the topic. 8)

Anyhow, here I brought more stuff to keep some of the fanboys crying out loud. :lol: 

www.zdnet.com
The world's first commercial one-petaflops supercomputer has been commissioned, Cray announced on Thursday.
Codenamed "Baker", the 24,000-socket, Opteron-based Linux system is due to be installed at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2008. This will join existing Cray supercomputer systems to be used for research in neutron science, biological systems, energy production and advanced materials. the company said. It will also be available to outside companies such as Boeing, DreamWorks and Harvard University.


Ohh, I almost forgot:
Since no one is interested in supercomputers (like how trolls tend to preach about it), what the heck is going on nowadays?? 8O

"Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Orders Opteron Supercomputer"
Quote:
Cadence Design Systems, a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software, and AMD, a leader in advanced microprocessor technology and products, will collaborate with Rensselaer and IBM at the Supercomputing Center in advanced simulation and modeling of nanoelectronic devices and circuitry. This activity complements the ongoing joint R&D activity between IBM and AMD in East Fishkill and Albany developing advanced high performance Silicon on Insulator (SOI) semiconductor devices and manufacturing processes.

The CCNI will focus on reducing the time and costs associated with designing and manufacturing nanoscale materials, devices, and systems.

“This new supercomputing center dedicated to nanotechnology will have global impact by finding innovative solutions to the challenges facing the continued productivity growth of the semiconductor industry and enabling key nanotechnology innovations in the fields of energy, biotechnology, arts, and medicine,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “We applaud Senator Bruno and IBM for their vision and commitment to expand technology research in New York state and across the globe.”

“This partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and the state will create one of the world’s top 10 supercomputing centers, and the most powerful university-based supercomputing center anywhere,” said Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno. “Establishing this world-class science and technology research center has the power to transform the Capital Region into a high-tech destination. This collaboration will attract new business, support existing companies, and generate high-paying jobs in the region.”

“Current semiconductor technology is rapidly approaching its practical limits. New, nanotechnology-based technologies will be needed to sustain the productivity growth that the information technology industry provides to the world economy,” said John E. Kelly III, IBM’s senior vice president of technology and intellectual property. “We are delighted with New York’s and RPI’s continuing commitment to leadership in this important field. We also look forward to extending our collaboration with AMD and Cadence to innovate around the technical barriers our industry is facing.”


8)

NASA uses Itaniums, but no one cares Cray uses Opterons but no one cares. I'm not too sure but it seems not alot of people care regardless of the fanboi status or not.

Well Google is faster, WOW can now expand almost infinitly, Pixar can make an entire movie in a month, and lucasfilm's is certainly enjoying the rendering power I can assure you. Useless post I know but sometimes these guys need a little help for the cause :lol: 
Bottom line...Opty's DO make people everywhere happy :wink:

Google runs low power clusters regardless of the CPU it has to meet their electrical requirements.

Yes those Opterons sure helped WoW still lack still sever crashes still login server downtime. It doesn’t matter what processor is in Blizzards clusters they are morons over there that have no clue on MMORG development, implementation, balancing. They hope WoW will hold strong with its odd 6million customers, less the 30k a month now that are leaving since the server issues got retarded in... Oh wait they have always been that way.

Pixar does what Disney tells them to they aren't "individual" in their content creation so in all fairness MIPS clusters to Opteron clusters is a no brainer, but the one month deal is really really over exaggerated.

Lucas Films suck too, let’s forget the story, dialog, and character development and do really cool special effect, that’s what people really want. Sadly some of us though Star Wars 1, 2, 3 should have been more to the lore from the novels and not Georges kiddy infatuation.
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