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Cray XT Jaguar: 45,000 QC Opterons

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Cray is no stranger to the supercomputing world — it’s practically the pioneer in the field. This week, the department of energy (DOE) announced that it has completed the setup of a new Cray XT Jaguar supercomputer that breaks all world records, claiming to be the fastest supercomputer on Earth.

The monstrous machine is made up of 45,000 quad-core AMD Opteron processors. As a frame of reference, that’s a mind boggling 180,000 cores. And here I am getting excited over my dual quad-core machine. In terms of memory, the XT Jaguar is outfitted with 362 terabytes (TB) of memory or 362,000 gigabytes of memory; enough to load just about anything.

Storage is handled by traditional hard drives instead of SSDs, but don’t boo. The XT Jaguar has 10 petabytes of storage. What’s 10 petabytes?—ten million gigabytes. At this point, people would usually say that that’s more than enough for anything, but even savvy computer users these days can figure out ways to utilize that kind of capacity.

The XT Jaguar has so much bandwidth and so much computing power that it can process a quadrillion mathematical calculations per second. Sustained memory bandwidth tops out at 578 terabytes per second and I/O bandwidth squeezes in 284 gigabytes per second.

Very fast to say the least.

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    Jim_L9 , November 12, 2008 4:27 PM
    Can I get one for home use ;-)
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    igot1forya , November 12, 2008 4:31 PM
    What? No Crysis numbers? :) 
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    Anonymous , November 12, 2008 4:35 PM
    So what kind of Crysis marks does it get?

    Will I require a water-cooling setup or will air cooling in my garage be enough?
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    joex444 , November 12, 2008 4:35 PM
    Slight correction: 362TB is not 362,000GB. This beast actually has 362,000GB -- that figure is correct. But you need to divide in base 2 to get to TB, not base 10. So this is actually 2^(-10)*362000 TB = 353.5TB.

    And since the DoE has this, what's the power consumption?
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    Pei-chen , November 12, 2008 4:38 PM
    Isn't 578 terabytes about the same as IBM's current top performer?
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    jrabbitb , November 12, 2008 4:54 PM
    If they wanted/needed more power could they OC this thing or is it already tweaked?
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    cablechewer , November 12, 2008 5:22 PM
    In 30-40 years this will all fit in the form factor of an iPhone...
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    fatty35 , November 12, 2008 5:35 PM
    That would make a nice folding farm :) 
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    2GooDrumr , November 12, 2008 6:17 PM
    My poor 3500+...
    Psh, I still love it :) 
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    KupuAnd1 , November 12, 2008 6:58 PM
    Can they get me the user and pass so I can get in Remotely and play some games? Or watch some movies?
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    Anonymous , November 12, 2008 7:05 PM
    lol soooooooo i can browse porn how quick?
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    jadedgamerx , November 12, 2008 8:14 PM
    The supposed top speed of this is no faster than IBM's roadrunner 1 qaudrillion = 1 petaflop = Roadrunner's current speed. All Cray has done is prove they can hit 1 petaflop without using the cell processor (playstation 3)/operteron setup and just run pure opteron's instead. Whoopity do.
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    Mucke , November 12, 2008 8:21 PM
    Will they upgrade to Shanghais next week?
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    Anonymous , November 12, 2008 10:34 PM
    Holy SHITTTTTTTTTTTT! Screw Shanghais - go Core i7!. I wanna see its performance on Crysis and Far Cry 2.... at once
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    jaragon13 , November 12, 2008 10:36 PM
    MuckeWill they upgrade to Shanghais next week?

    Haha,it's nice they do this all before the new processors come out....
    They should of done this in 2009,and they would of beat them by a long shot.
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    Shadow703793 , November 13, 2008 12:13 AM
    Now let's see this thing run LinPak

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LINPACK
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    zodiacfml , November 13, 2008 2:39 AM
    i have yet to see a supercomputer using server chips from intel especially now that they have the nehalem architecture.
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    tipoo , November 13, 2008 12:28 PM
    DAMN IT! the IBM Roadrunner i just bought is obsolete now! lol.
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    kschoche , November 13, 2008 4:46 PM
    MuckeWill they upgrade to Shanghais next week?


    Wouldnt be surprised if they got early releases of the Shanghais. Afterall, when this machine was announced *years* ago, it was designed to have quad-core opterons even before AMD had a quad-core chip out.
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    Mennoknight , November 13, 2008 6:27 PM
    Man! How do you back up 10 petabytes? 200,000 dual platter Blu-Ray discs for a backup? Oh man. Better get a 6x burner.

    And I hope it has like a Radeon 4870x2048 for graphics...
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